MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - After some debate, an application for a new liquor store on Fairview Avenue in Montgomery was denied at Tuesday night’s city council meeting.
The location in question is a former Subway store near the corner of West Fairview and Rosa Parks avenues near Interstate 65. The Subway closed in January.
Four council members voted against the store, three voted for it and two abstained from voting.
One of the property owners said he tried to find other businesses to move into the property but wasn’t successful.
Some community members and city council members who opposed the new business said there are enough liquor stores in the area.
“It’s a privilege to do business in the city, it’s not a right – it’s a privilege - and this council picks and chooses winners all the time whether it be through liquor licenses, whether it be through rezoning, what have you," said City Councilman Glen Pruitt. “And that’s what we’re supposed to do. But at the end of the day, we did this with the payday loan centers. This council needs to look at something where they’re not on every street corner. And say what you want to say, y’all wouldn’t want it in your neighborhood, and I wouldn’t want it in mine.”
Some of those in favor of the business said it will bring tax dollars to the area, and there’s no plan in place to get another business in that property.
City Councilman Arch Lee said he had a problem denying a license for a business in a legally zoned area.
“Who am I to say just because you’re the last one to the table that wants to open up something in a legally zoned area that you can or can’t do it if it’s legally zoned,” Lee said.