New liquor store still in limbo af­ter city ap­proval

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - By Kevin Myrick [email protected]­stan­dard­jour­nal.net

The wait is still on to see what hap­pens with a new liquor store pro­posed for North Main Street in Cedar­town.

City com­mis­sion­ers af­ter tabling a de­ci­sion on whether to grant a li­cense to Ja­grutiben Pa­tel back in Au­gust de­cided in Oc­to­ber to grant the com­bined malt bev­er­age, wine and pack­age li­cense that oth­ers ar­gued shouldn’t be al­lowed.

A pos­i­tive vote for the store lo­cally hasn’t meant that it could open im­me­di­ately. There’s still a lot of work to be done be­fore any­one opens the doors.

The pre­vi­ous prob­lem came down to how far away the front door of the new store lays from North­side Ele­men­tary School, since state laws re­quire a dis­tance of at least 200 yards be­tween a school and a store sell­ing al­co­hol. Ar­gu­ments were pre­sented by lo­cal at­tor­ney Brad McFall, who rep­re­sented Cedar­town Liquor Out­let owner Paresh Pa­tel dur­ing the Au­gust meet­ing over the ques­tion of whether to al­low the store to open.

M c F a l l a r g u e d dur­ing that ses­sion the mea­sure­ments didn’t meet the state re­quire­ments, and com­mis­sion­ers de­cided to ta­ble the per­mit de­ci­sion un­til a sur­vey could be re­done.

City Man­ager Bill Fann said the mea­sure­ments ac­tu­ally came out greater with a new sur­vey af­ter fenc­ing was in­stalled and the state clar­i­fied what they re­quired in terms of dis­tance be­tween the pro­posed store and North­side Ele­men­tary School’s prop­erty.

Be­cause a chain link fence has been in­stalled and increased the walk­ing dis­tance from the front door of the for­mer Fam­ily Dol­lar to the school, it kept the dis­tance within state re­quire­ments.

Though the city gave their ap­proval for is­su­ing the li­cense, Fann said he has not been made aware whether fi­nal state ap­proval for the busi­ness was com­pleted.

He said by e-mail that “I have no idea where they are in that” process of get­ting state ap­proval to open.

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