And the battle continues …
For almost six months, three developers have been trying to open a convenience store on the corner of Foster Street and South First Avenue. They have been opposed in their efforts to add beer to their stock by a determined group of neighbors.
The owners, Greg Lyman, Robin Ackman and Doug Backlund, feel they need to sell beer to clear a profit. They at first attempted to change the zoning at the locationÂ to Highway Business, which would allow them to sell beer on- and off-sale and let them open a casino.
That was met with fierce resistance and the Planning and Zoning Commission voted 5-1 to deny the change.
The developers tried another approach Monday, asking for a zoning change to Neighborhood Shopping, which allow them to sell beer off-sale. Once again the neighbors arose and protested and the planners voted 5-1 to deny the proposed change.
Lyman arose to defend himself and his partners and to question why there is such strident opposition. He also said he thinks Mitchell is anti-business and residents don’t like to see someone make a few dolalrs.
â€œI donâ€™t know why, and so many people have told me, this town is so anti-business,â€ Lyman said. â€œAll we ask is a fair shake to make our money back.â€
The neighbors say they live in a quiet, residential area and don’t want the sale of alcohol to detract from that. They have also repeatedly espressed concern about the children who live and play in the neighborhood.
Do you agree with Lyman? Or is this simply a matter of a business in the wrong location?
Here’s today’s story on the ongoing great C-store war of 2010: