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Planning board approves 7-Eleven store on Glenoaks

July 31, 2002

Laura Sturza

Though met with some public resistance, a 7-Eleven that would

replace a video store received the Planning Board's approval to sell

liquor.

The 7-Eleven cannot begin selling alcohol in the space leased by

Goodtime Video at 600 N. Glenoaks Blvd. until after the city's appeal

period, and after receiving the Alcoholic Beverage Control's

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approval. Goodtime Video plans to move to the 500 block of North

Glenoaks Boulevard.

While two business owners and a resident spoke against the

licensure, saying it would be the third store to sell liquor in a

two-block radius and noisy during nighttime deliveries, the board

approved its conditional-use permit last week.

"The controversy that surrounded it appeared to be more of a

business competition issue rather than a land-use issue," Planning

Board member Carolyn Berlin said. "I based my decision more on the

fact that we were able to get tighter restrictions on their sale of

alcohol because of their outreach to the community."

The site's owner, Stuart Chase, met with nearby churches, a

synagogue and the manager of a senior residence facility to address

possible concerns, Berlin said. Chase voluntarily reduced the liquor

sales curfew from 2 a.m. to midnight.

As to the number of businesses selling alcohol in the area, Berlin

said she doesn't "consider it to be an over-intensity" since the

densely populated area can justify it.

A petition circulated by Star Express Market, a store across the

street, generated 400 sig- natures, but Berlin said it was unclear if

the signers all lived in the immediate area, and only one of them

attended the meeting.

"It appeared that people were loyal to the business across the

street," Berlin said.

However, resident Jesse Byers said "a lot of those people are

older and disabled" and could not attend the meeting.

Regarding possible additional noise, board members felt that

delivery trucks would be no different from ones used by the other

market, and would be no noisier than air conditioners.

Associate City Planner Jeremy Ochsenbein said 24-hour stores and

those selling liquor tend to draw community attention.

"It's more than typical but not out of the ordinary," Ochsenbein

said.

Residents can file an appeal opposing the decision through Tuesday

at the city's Planning Department.

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