City Council looking at liquor license transfers

By TIM SINIARD
Posted 4/23/19

The Cleveland City Council unanimously approved a motion to consider allowing approved liquor store applicants the opportunity to transfer the locations of their proposed package stores to other …

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City Council looking at liquor license transfers

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The Cleveland City Council unanimously approved a motion to consider allowing approved liquor store applicants the opportunity to transfer the locations of their proposed package stores to other areas of the city.

The vote took place during the council’s regularly scheduled meeting Monday at the Municipal Building.

The consideration to allow the transfer of liquor store applications was prompted after several city residents said they opposed the locations of liquor stores near their neighborhood.

According to City Manager Joe Fivas, three applicants have expressed a desire to relocate their proposed locations to other areas of the city that are zoned for liquor stores in compliance with the wishes of residents in the Blythe-Bower neighborhood, many of whom have previously voiced opposition to the location of liquor stores in their neighborhood, stating their presence would be detrimental.

Fivas said he will work with city attorney John Kimball to write an ordinance, as well as send a letter to all approved applicants who may want to consider alternative locations for their proposed package store locations.

“What we intend to do on the transfer of locations ... is that as soon as tomorrow, we will put together a letter from me saying that the city council has requested a process to allow them to transfer their certificates of compliance,” Fivas said.

Fivas asked the city council to set a deadline for the liquor store application transfer process, stating it will enable the applicants a time frame to make decisions regarding their businesses.

“They want to be on the move and negotiate for other locations,” Fivas said. “It will be helpful to have a date for them to focus on.”

The application process will be similar to what is outlined in the liquor store ordinance, which was passed earlier this year, with applicants required to advertise the locations of their proposed stores, as well as ensure the new locations are compliant with stipulations set forth by the city council.

Councilman David May suggested allowing the applicants a minimum of 90 days to find new sites for the alternative store locations.

As a result, the council decided to set deadline at 4 p.m. Sept 10, with public comments taking place between Monday and Sept. 10.

Fivas said he and Kimball will bring their ordinance for the city council to consider by their next regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, May 13.

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