Liquor store responds to loitering concern

CITY HALL — A liquor store looking to construct a wine tasting room has added a security gate in response to police concerns over its potential expansion, officials said.

Glendale police officials expressed concerns over Remedy Liquor's parking structure, which had loitering problems, and requested that security measures be implemented before the expansion took place, Lt. Bruce Fox said at city planning hearing on Wednesday.

The store owner has since addressed those concerns by installing a large security gate, limiting access to the two-story shopping center, and alleviating police concerns, officials said.

The gate, along with proactive policing, has eliminated the loitering problem, Fox said.

The store owner was looking to expand its first-floor store on the 1700 block of West Glenoaks Boulevard to include a wine tasting room in building's second floor.

City staff said the proposed expansion would not be detrimental to the public. Staff added that the business has already met most of the findings.

Development consultant Rodney Khan, the permit applicant, told Collin the hearing's planning officer that wine tasting would be open to people invited to evening events.

And the wine tasting room would allow for eight seats only, officials said.

He asked Collin to consider approving wine tasting hours for 3 to 10 p.m. Khan also requested that Collin allow beer tasting.

"Remedy liquor has been a very responsible person as it relates to police issues, neighborhood issues and the way they conduct their business," Khan said.

A decision on the store's permit application at a later date.

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