You’d think that nine liquor stores in a half-mile stretch of Belmont Avenue would be enough, but six Fresno City Council members have approved a tenth liquor store at Belmont and Van Ness avenues.
This violates the city’s own development code, which prohibits new small stores from selling alcohol if they are within 500 feet of a public park, playground, school or drug treatment facility. There is a drug treatment facility only 300 feet away.
This project would exist in zip code 93701, the most economically needy in our city and in all of California. It is apparent that breaking their own law and ignoring pleas of constituents from the Lowell Neighborhood Association are not a problem for City Council members, except for Clint Olivier, who voted against the liquor license.
One council member even bragged that the new facility is “going to become an entry point to the Tower District.” Since when is a Johnny Quik store that sells alcohol a prestige factor for an important section of Fresno?
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Call or e-mail your city council representative immediately and insist that they enforce Fresno’s code regulations and do not provide a conditional use permit for this project to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
Francine M. Farber, Fresno