HELP STOP TWO NEW LIQUOR STORES IN THE COMMUNITY

HOW YOU CAN HELP: Copy and paste the form letter below and send to the following people.

EMAIL YOUR PROTEST TO:

Scott, Attica (State Rep.) (LRC) - Attica.Scott@lrc.ky.gov

Robert Kirchdorfer - Robert.Kirchdorfer@louisvilleky.gov

Donald Robinson - Donald.Robinson@louisvilleky.gov

Barbara Sexton Smith - Barbara.SextonSmith@louisvilleky.gov

KY Dept. of Alcoholic Beverage Control -  ABC.Info@ky.gov

RE:Community Protest of Two New ABC Licenses at Adjacent Locations

  • 535 E. Broadway – Owner is Mayher’s Inc., President is Samir Alya (they are DBA East Coast Liquors) 
  • 540 E. Gray – Owner is MSBT, LLC, President is Alem Berhe Tella (they are DBA A-Z Liquors)


Dept. of Alcoholic Beverage Control
To: Robert Kirchdorfer cc: Donald Robinson
1003 Twilight Trail
Louisville Metro
First LH2, LLC
Frankfort, Ky. 40601-8400
Codes & Regulations

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:
By this letter, we respectfully oppose the granting of BOTH pending alcohol licenses at (1) 535 E. Broadway – Owner is Mayher’s Inc., President is Samir Alya (they are DBA East Coast Liquors) and (2) 540 E. Gray – Owner is MSBT, LLC, President is Alem Berhe Tella (they are DBA A-Z Liquors)

The negative impact of establishing liquors sales in communities aspiring to be safe and sustainable is well documented. Alcohol products are already sufficiently available in both the immediate neighborhoods of Smoketown and Phoenix Hill as well as in Old Louisville, Paristown Point and Highlands. Residents and stakeholders in this area are working to bring an array of commerce and services to our neighborhoods. Increasing alcohol sales has never been on the community’s list of priorities. Granting an alcohol sales license, where it is neither needed nor has been requested, would be counter to the neighborhood wishes and best interests.

The notice indicates that none of the owners reside in the neighborhood. Some reside as far away as Illinois. Applying for a license to sell alcohol where they are unlikely to dwell or face the daily consequences, suggests an insensitivity to the community needs, concerns and hopes for a better neighborhood. Disrespect was probably unintentional; however, if these two requests were granted, existing challenges within Smoketown, Phoenix Hill and nearby neighborhoods would intensify. Increased street crime, public drunkenness, litter, loitering, violence and noise are just a few of the consequences that naturally follow where alcohol is sold.

The community has successfully been in the process of converting 2 older liquor stores into a community arts center for young people and a laundromat/small business incubator.  One of these sites just 1 block away from the proposed location and the other just 3 blocks away.  The two proposed sites are also in the middle of UL Health Campuses, 1 block from the UL School of Public Health, the Louisville Metro Health Dept., Center for Health Equity and the UL Medical School.  All of which join both the Phoenix Hill and Smoketown neighborhoods in protest of approval of these applications.

The applicant’s request and intentions does not respond to a profound neighborhood need. Nor has there been a community out-cry for alcohol sales at this location. In fact, development plans for both neighborhoods are focused on creating safe and healthy neighborhoods for residents which both of these applications would hinder.

Therefore, denial of the license is appropriate for these reasons alone. But because we believe Smoketown and Phoenix Hill residents, children attending school, businesses, churches should not be burdened with problems known to be associated with increased tobacco and alcohol sales, we urge the Department of Beverage Control to deny request for alcohol sales license within these neighborhood that already suffers from high levels of health disparities and in which concerted, long term efforts are now underway to build positive, sustainable community and economic development programs.

We strongly urge the Department of Beverage Control to deny request for alcohol sales license at:

  • 535 E. Broadway – Owner is Mayher’s Inc., President is Samir Alya (they are DBA East Coast Liquors) 
  • 540 E. Gray – Owner is MSBT, LLC, President is Alem Berhe Tella (they are DBA A-Z Liquors)


Thank you, 
Residents and Concerned Citizens of the Smoketown and Phoenix Hill Communities


 

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