Special Use Permit to host house concerts granted to Coda Concert House by Joplin City Council

JOPLIN, Mo. — Joplin City Council considered a Special Use Permit for a residence that holds House Concerts at 2120 East 24th Street in Joplin.

The Special Use Permit was requested by the resident, Jeff Morrow.

The council chambers were standing-room-only as supporters of the Coda Concert House attended.

Morrow spoke to council informing them of the outline of their house concerts that feature world-class musicians. He then answered questions from council members regarding parking, portable restrooms etc.

Morrow addressed the issue of serving alcohol beforehand stating they do not serve food or alcohol. But those in attendance can bring their own. They have never had any issues he said.

The city has been aware of the Coda Concert House since 2017, City of Joplin’s Troy Bolander stated at the hearing on Monday evening, December 5, 2022.

Bolander said staff had reviewed the Special Use Permit and recommended to grant 2-year special use permit.

SPECIAL USE PERMIT OUTLINE:

  • Limit to 2 events per month
  • Adequate off-street parking
  • No food or beverages provided by concert house
  • Finished by 10 p.m. as per the noise ordinance
  • Designed that the public health protected
  • Generally compatible to the neighborhood

Councilman Charles Copple proposed one addendum to the permit, that annual fire inspections be made, even though Bolander said there were no restrictions since it was a private residence.

Council voted to add the fire inspection to the permit.

Numerous supporters spoke to the council supporting the concerts. One council member was overheard on a hot mic during a break that this crowd was as large as the crowds who attended the mask mandate council meetings.

A handful of neighbors opposing the special use permit spoke. One man towards the end of the hearing stated, ‘I love music, I love concerts. I also love Wal-Mart, but I don’t want one in my backyard.’

In the end the Special Use Permit was granted for two years. It was approved by all council members.

THE CODA CONCERT HOUSE

“Nothing will prepare you for what awaits as you step through the nondescript front door on a residential street in the heart of America – Joplin, Missouri.  Theater lights warm a tiny stage that hosts world-class talent that never plays in this type of setting,” the Coda Concert House states on their website.

Speakers at the Monday night council meeting said world-class Grammy award winners have performed there in these past years for once-in-a-lifetime performances and speaking engagements.

If you are a music lover, we would be honored to have you join us.  For obvious reasons, be sure to act fast when a concert is announced.”

CODA HOUSE

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