Proposed Georgia Liquors Facing Stiff Community Opposition

2917 Georgia Avenue, site of proposed Georgia Liquors

Six days ago, on June 17th, the placards when up at 2917 Georgia Avenue announcing the application of a Class “A” Liquor Store named Georgia Liquors. According to the placards (read here), the intent of owner Michael Ressom is to open a full service liquor store operating to the full extent that ABRA allows.

Not surprisingly, the reaction in the surrounding community — including local listservs — has been swift and staunchly against adding another liquor store to the already over-saturated alcohol economy of Lower Georgia Avenue. Among the community’s many concerns are the property’s proximity to the Bruce Monroe Park.

In reaching out to Councilmember Graham about the appropriateness of a liquor store near a playground, the Councilmember responded with the following:

DC Code § 25-314 provides that in determining the appropriateness of an establishment for initial issuance of an alcohol license or transfer of a license to a new location, the ABC Board shall consider the proximity of, and the effect on, the establishment to recreation centers, day care centers, public libraries or other similar facilities, and whether school-age children using facilities in proximity to the establishment will be unduly attracted to the establishment while present at, or going to or from, the school, recreation center, day care center, public library, or similar facility at issue. This section also provides that “[n]o license shall be issued for any establishment within 400 feet of a public, private, or parochial primary, elementary, or high school; college or university; or recreation area operated by the District of Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation,” with certain exceptions.

Graham indicated that he would reach out to ABRA Director Fred Moosally on this situation as the Bruce Monroe Park is in the process of being transferred to DPR control.

2917 Georgia is within ANC 1B. Because of this the application went before the ANC 1B ABC Committee on June 21. At that meeting Ressom explained that he intended to run a nice, clean liquor store and thought the community could support such a business. It was pointed out to him that Georgia Avenue already has several liquor stores on Georgia Avenue and nearby streets within 1/2 miles of his location. If one counts establishments that sell just beer and wine in addition to the liquor stores the number comes in at 11 businesses in the area. In the meeting Commissioner Tony Norman (1B10) — within whose district the property falls — and community members voiced their opposition to the application. The ABC Committee decided to recommend to ANC 1B that they formally protest the license and the issue will be taken up at ANC 1B’s July 7th meeting.

Driving home the point, Ressom again received similar feedback the following night at the June 22 Georgia Avenue Community Development Task Force meeting. Those in attendance again voiced strong opposition to having another liquor store added to the community. Factoring in the location’s proximity to Bruce Monroe Park , there is also the strong possibility that ANC 1A will also weigh in on this issue before all is said and done.


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74 Comments on “Proposed Georgia Liquors Facing Stiff Community Opposition”

  1. Josh Says:

    Yes, at the 1B ABC meeting, he said a “nice clean store” that also sells lotto tickets, chips, cigarettes, and maybe beer singles. Yeah, BS.

  2. David Do Says:

    Can someone provide the links to the list-servs that the article mentions?


  3. Cliff Says:

    Great…just what Georgia Avenue needs, lets get another nail salon or strip club too.

  4. […] placards informing the public of the application went up on June 17, 2011, the news was met with stiff opposition from the surrounding community and […]

  5. […] is a huge change from the high-end liquor store that was originally proposed for the space on June 17th. That ABRA application met with stiff community and ANC opposition and was eventually withdrawn by […]

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