Mini golf course to open in Hartford
Plan Commission also approves moving church

By JOE VANDELAARSCHOT - Daily News

Oct. 15, 2014

HARTFORD - A vacant building in Hartford’s downtown will soon be the home of a black light miniature golf course.

On Monday, the city’s Plan Commission granted a conditional use permit to Dianne Klabunde, who plans to include a snack area and possibly up to eight arcade games in the building along with the miniature golf course. She’s proposing to use about 3,500 square feet in the building.

The building at 64 N. Main St. was the former site of a J.C. Penney store and several other businesses.

“This will be a mobile black light course,” Klabunde said. “So if we have to relocate, it can be moved.

“Some of the course will have special paint so that when the regular lights are turned off and the black lights are turned on those locations will stand out,” Klabunde said. “We won’t have it black lighted all of the time, but on special days or for special events it will be.”

The business will cover part of the first floor and the mezzanine and will be open seven days a week, opening no earlier than 9 a.m. and closing no later than 9:30 p.m.

The commission was told room-darkening curtains will be placed away from the exterior windows to allow decorations to be displayed in the windows. The curtains are necessary to maintain the black light atmosphere.

Drew said the city staff had concerns about the proposal for safety and aesthetic reasons.


“Fire Department regulations would require all the material be flame retardant/resistant or treated to be that,” City Planner Justin Drew said.

The commission approved issuing the CUP with the conditions:

■ Changes in business hours will be reviewed and approved by the city planner.

■ Curtains facing the street will not show seams, lining or backing. Klabunde must work with the Fire Department to install approved curtains located to the specifications of the building inspector and the fire department for safety.

■ Decorations will not be used as signs for the business.

The commission also held a public hearing for a CUP request to allow Wellspring Community Church to move from 635 W. Sumner St. to 1361 S. Grand Ave. and share space with the Schubert Theater building.

The Rev. Scott Moore told the commission the church needed to rent a different location for many reasons.

“The lack of space for growth and limited parking at our current location is one reason,” Moore told the commission. “The retail cost of rental space for our Children’s Ministry at 625 W. Sumner is another.”

The commission was told when the cinema is open to the general public, the parishioners will have access to the north side of the building.

The CUP will allow normal religious services and religious training for adults, children and youth, special and business meetings, and holiday services and community events.

City code requires one parking space for every three parishioners.

“The 210-space parking lot has ample parking for both church and cinema needs,” Drew said.

The church has about 100 members.