One More Quick Update:
East Broadway Market (O + Broadway) will officially begin to sell beer and wine on Saturday, September 16th. Stop by and show your support!
The City of Boston Licensing Board voted to approve a beer + wine license for East Broadway Market at O + Broadway. According to Universal Hub, Board members stated the license would not cause any problems for the South Boston Catholic Academy. They also mentioned the fact that St. Brigid/Gate of Heaven Parish did not come out against the proposal plus the SBCA parents’ support during a community meeting. So there you have it!
“What about the children?”
Universal Hub is reporting that East Broadway Market, located at O and Broadway, has applied for a beer and wine license with the City of Boston. On the zoom call meeting, there will people in support of the license and then there were people against it.
Opponents cited the fact that South Boston Catholic Academy is directly across the street from East Broadway Market.
“It is imperative that our school children are protected from the environment of liquor being sold across the street where the kids go for slushes and soda and snacks after school,” City Point Neighborhood Association President Luanne O’Connor said. (via Universal Hub)
Other opposition topics included traffic, double-parking, public safety, and the fact if East Broadway Market gets a beer + wine license, there will be copycat applications from every convenience store in the neighborhood. One resident went so far as to say that someone might be hurt or killed at the intersection with “all that craziness.” – On a side note, I once attended a meeting for Tasty Burger (now Chilicates) opening. One person in opposition set up a scenario where drunks would drive their car into the gas tanks at the gas station next door and “blow up the whole neighborhood.” Why must we go to extremes?
Most proponents liked the idea because of the convenience of it all. Paul Gannon, attorney for the owner of East Broadway Market, stated that St. Bridgid/Gate of Heaven Parish did not speak out against the license. Gannon also added that many of the parents of SBCA who attended a neighborhood meeting were for the idea.
You can read the full details here via Universal Hub.
The city licensing board will make a decision on Thursday. More to follow.