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Residents voice opposition to liquor license proposal

BLOOMINGTON — At a City Council meeting Monday night, several residents voiced their concerns with the city’s plant to grant a liquor license to a new business.

Park Pantry is on the 900 block of S. Morris Ave. It’s currently empty, but a new business is looking to move in.

Residents of the local neighborhood say they’re fine with a convenience store, but they don’t want to see alcohol sold in the neighborhood, especially since the previous business there did, and they claim it led to problems.

“We’ve noticed our neighborhood has changed, less trash, less drunkenness, less music from cars rattling our windows, just overall cleaner,” resident Nathan Russo said, “”We are going to fight tooth and nail to keep this out of our neighborhood!”

Residents opposed to the liquor store also believe the matter is an issue of safety, and that a liquor store would increase the risk for drunk driving in the neighborhood.

The Bloomington Liquor Commission will discuss a license opportunity for Park Pantry at their next meeting on Tuesday, July 9, at 4:00 PM in City Council chambers.

Sheridan Swathwood

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