Depot Springs Beer Company with Outdoor Music Amphitheater in Fletcher Hills ?

Depot Springs Beer Companyis apparently planning an outdoor music venue and brewery / restaurant in Fletcher Hills, La Mesa, at Dallas St and Fletcher Parkway. According to promotional literature, the La Mesa Planning Commission appears to have recently approved an amphitheater with live (outdoor) music until midnight, daily. The promotional literature further portrays this brewery and plan as being "family-friendly", but some nearby residents are upset.

Many in this western Fletcher Hills La Mesa residential neighborhood, where working people and their children would like to enjoy their properties, peace, and sleep, are very concerned. Most neighbors I spoke to had never heard of this plan, a few had heard of it in only the past few days, and none had heard of the part about live outdoor music until midnight. They were shocked and felt it should not be located in a residential neighborhood. Some are concerned it will place more alcohol-impaired drinkers behind the wheel in our neighborhood, where school children cross Fletcher Parkway, in addition to being upset at the idea of the noise factor. We encourage all La Mesa residents, not only those in Fletcher Hills, to contact the City Council and Mayor Arapostathis to tell them loud and clear that we want to preserve La Mesa as a town friendly to its residents, where peace, quiet, and safe streets are a priority and property values are preserved. The Planning Commission is also responsible for this alleged approval, and should be audited to find out why.

Arapostathis, Mark




Baber, Bill

Vice Mayor


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Alessio, Kristine C.



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McWhirter, Guy



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Sterling, Ruth



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Tags: Alessio, Arapostathis, Beer, CA, Company, Depot, Fletcher, Guy, Hills, Kristine, More…La, Mayor, McWhirter, Mesa, Ruth, Springs, Sterling, noise, problems


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Comment by Susan Brinchman on April 2, 2016 at 3:34pm

Mr Dean,

I suggest that you put a roof on the place where the music will be and soundproof it. Also, stop the plans till you can park an additional 500 cars there.

Comment by Susan Brinchman on April 2, 2016 at 3:33pm

Since I have lived here (20 years) two children have been killed in the crosswalk after school. They attended the middle school. There was another in the 1980's.

Comment by Susan Brinchman on April 2, 2016 at 3:29pm

READER’S EDITORIAL: FLETCHER HILLS RESIDENTS CONCERNED ABOUT BREWERY AND NOISE: Depot Springs Brewing Company is a new editorial published in the East County Magazine.

Comment by Aaron Dean on April 1, 2016 at 9:43pm
Hi Susan, I was debating whether or not to respond. We have worked very hard to create a project that will only be a benefit to the City of La Mesa. Misconceptions about our project is why I created the booklet and hosted the Q & A event last month. I continue to be available to anyone who has a question. My email is always available for you to contact me directly. You make mention of a 6 foot wood wall. Not sure where you got that info as our outside courtyard has an 18 foot solid wall and than another 6 foot solid wall. Between sound studies and more we have done everything to make sure that we are not a nuisance. We are 100% family oriented! We encourage people to take public transit. My guess is not much of what I say here will be should you or any concerned neighbor wish to meet with me and have a constructive discussion about this project, I would do so with pleasure. My email is
Comment by Kevin G George on March 29, 2016 at 10:56am

"We have enough problems with people being killed on Fletcher Parkway"?

All other stated facts aside, when was someone killed on FP?


Comment by Susan Brinchman on March 28, 2016 at 5:21pm

Update: Today, in an email to me, La Mesa City Councilmember Guy McWhirter hotly denied that the Depot Springs project will be an outdoor venue, despite the fact that Depot Springs will have an outdoor performance stage with a mere six foot wooden wall surrounding it. McWhirter referred me to a dictionary description of "outdoor", attempting to dodge the obvious outdoor venue with noise issues that concern the public. I will keep this in mind when voting for City Council members who all appear to support this project, and encourage other voters in La Mesa to do the same. An examination of the plans for the brewery shows heavy emphasis on alcohol consumption and the outdoor live music entertainment - which is of concern to neighborhood residents. Many feel that this is the wrong place for such a business. Other neighborhoods, such as Pacific Beach and North Park, have been overrun by drunks and rowdy behavior, when so-called restaurants focusing on alcohol were established in their area. We have enough problems with people being killed on Fletcher Parkway, including school children, due to speeding, and we don't need alcohol impaired drivers, increased noise till midnight (or any other time), with undoubted depreciation of our properties. The La Mesa zoning dept said it notified people within 300 feet - that is not enough. My neighborhood, close to this venue, was never told. My message to the La Mesa Mayor and City Council - you have no right to destroy the peace and safety of our neighborhood with bad decisions. We need all of you replaced if this is how you treat voters.

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