Oak Lawn Mayor Sandra Bury and 5th District Trustee William “Bud” Stalker will host a “neighborhood meeting” tomorrow, April 20th at 5 p.m. to hear what the residents think about a proposed liquor store at 103rd and Central Avenue.
A concerned resident provided a copy of a letter sent by Mayor Sandra Bury and Trustee Stalker which invites residents to share their opinions before the Mayor’s Liquor Commission reviews the application next Tuesday.
The letter states that the new licensee would open in the old Fed’s Food and Liquors as a liquor store. Bury and Stalker admit that the old store operated as both a food and liquor establishment while this business would operate solely as a liquor store.
The Mayor and Trustee write in the letter that it would be helpful to know how the community feels before the Mayor’s Liquor Advisory Board reviews the application. Bury and Stalker also noted in the letter that the proposed business would operate only 750 feet from H.L. Richards High School. At the same time, the two officials wrote, “However, Buzz Out operated as a liquor store at that location for many years.”
A concerned resident, who received the letter, sent a copy to the Oak Lawn Leaf, noting that it was odd for a neighborhood meeting to take place at 5 p.m. on a Friday when most people are working. The same resident voiced concern that some residents may not have received the letter.
The resident who sent the Oak Lawn Leaf the letter was not in favor of the proposed liquor store being located next to the Dollar Store. She shared a message to us noting that it may not affect everyone unless they live close but she adamantly contended that the liquor store was not needed.
She concluded by asking others to attend the meeting at the Village Hall’s Auditorium at 9446 S. Raymond. She also wrote, “I don’t like the direction I see my neighborhood going, specifically with an increase in crime and I’m sure another liquor store will only help to contribute to that…”
The meeting is an open meeting and the public can voice their opinions. We’ve withheld the name of the resident who provided the letter but we confirmed she lives in the area.