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October 21, 2014, 3:48 am
970 WMAY News

Springfield Aldermen Vote Down Proposed Liquor Store on Former Chantilly Lace Site

Aldermen voted down a zoning variance that would have allowed a new liquor store on a notorious corner.


Ward 6's Cory Jobe stood with the Lincoln Park Neighborhood Association, the Harvard Park Neighborhood Association and about 100 residents in his ward in opposing a proposed new liquor store to go on the site where Chantilly Lace once stood.


The proposed liquor store layout on the corner of Stanford and 5th Street
The proposed liquor store layout on the corner of Stanford and 5th Street

The developer, Jeff Hamrick, says that the property is identified with a very busy intersection and urged aldermen to support the project as a benefit for the whole city.


Hamrick says there could be a $120,000 additional tax money coming into the capital city, though some aldermen said those numbers may be a bit inflated.


Meanwhile, Hamrick said there will be significant property improvements for the area and there could be a quarter of a million dollar investment in the community's labor force.


The developer says he has agreed to not sell certain types of packaged liquor.


Opponents say that the planned establishment just another liquor store saturating the neighborhood.


Aldermen voted to deny the variance request, 7 to 2.

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