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Liquor store location stirs debate

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Some Albany city commissioners don't like the site where a businessman wants to build a liquor store.    Alex Rowe applied for an alcohol license at 301 East Oglethorpe Boulevard.      

He wants to tear down the old Chinese Restaurant and build a new store.   Tuesday, city commissioners tabled a vote.   Some of them expressed concern about its close proximity to Albany State and a church.

Commissioner Chris Pike isn't necessarily in favor of a liquor store in that location, but he says it meets all the legal guidelines, and the city can't discriminate against the business owner.

Pike said, "You have to go with the guidelines that you have in place and that location, that liquor store, fits in our guidelines.  You can't just because you all of the sudden just don't want a liquor store there, you can't deny it if it is within the law that we have set.  I just want us to be careful that we follow what the law says and make sure that we give everybody an opportunity to be successful."    

Commissioner Roger Marietta originally voted against the license then withdrew that vote and moved to table it.   After the meeting, he drove by the location.  He says he now believes it's far enough away from the University and will likely vote in favor of the license.

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