Baltimore’s District 7: Non Conforming Alcohol Outlets

CPHA recently covered the disparity of non-conforming liquor stores in Baltimore.  Given the extreme number of alcohol outlets and the shortage of neighborhood necessities in many of these neighborhoods, it’s a shame all of our City Council members are not (yet) supporting this legislation.

This week CPHA sat down with Councilman Nick Mosby to discuss the upcoming legislation to reduce alcohol outlet density. Councilman Mosby fully supports the legislation (without amendments that will gut it) and hopes his colleagues will join him in fighting for legislation that will build healthier communities.

We do too.  And so does the mayor.  In the weeks to come, CPHA will be documenting where all of Baltimore’s City Council sits on the matter.

CPHA intern Jason confirms the Mayor's support for upcoming legislation to reduce alcohol outlet density in Baltimore at a Neighborhood Resources Fair in Oliver

CPHA intern Jason confirms the Mayor’s support for upcoming legislation to reduce alcohol outlet density in Baltimore at a Neighborhood Resources Fair in Oliver

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A detailed look at District 7 reveals that the majority of non-conforming alcohol outlets in district 7 reside in census tracts with the lowest median home sale prices. The argument that asking liquor stores to conform with the zoning code is “anti-business” is not supported from a residential development perspective. Why would anyone want to purchase a home or re-develop a property that is saturated with liquor stores for neighbors?

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Legislation is going to City Council this September.  CPHA is forming a Task Force to Reduce Alcohol Outlet Density to ensure City Council supports this legislation.  We have sent invitations to community association and resident leaders alike. Our first meeting will be Thursday, August 15th, 6:00pm, at CPHA (3355 Keswick Rd). At this meeting we will review the legislation, highlight where all City Council members stand on it,  and why we think some members are not supporting it.

Do you represent a community or a group of residents and want to join our task force? Contact Michael Snidal at 410-539-1369, x. 109 or Michael@cphabaltimore.org.  Learn more about reducing alcohol outlet density here.

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