Liquor store petition withdrawn before Tuesday vote

By Don Logana - bio | email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Opponents of a proposed liquor store in downtown Savannah are celebrating a victory Tuesday morning.

Metropolitan Planning Commission's Jack Butler tells WTOC the attorney for Andy Patel, the business owner proposing to open a package liquor store on Abercorn Street, has withdrawn their petition.

After a protest in front of the former Little Kings restaurant and beauty salon Monday afternoon, and news of legal problems for Patel's family, neighbors say they are happy the application has been withdrawn from the zoning board.

Residents were against the liquor store idea and rezoning, based in a fear of increased crime and a what they believed was a lack of transparency and communication with Patel.

"We have worked very hard to build this neighborhood up and a liquor store would be absolutely the wrong direction," said Dion Love, of Savannah.

A vote on the special use zoning and package liquor store application was expected Monday afternoon, but officials say the issue is now off the table indefinitely.

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