Stop the opening of a liquor store in the former Circle K at 327 Kings Hwy. Shreveport, LA

Stop the opening of a liquor store in the former Circle K at 327 Kings Hwy. Shreveport, LA

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Gladstone Area Partnership started this petition to Mayor Adrain Perkins and

In November of 2017 a liquor store requested that the Metropolitan Planning Commission (MPC) allow it to open in the old Circle K at the corner of Kings Highway and Gilbert Drive. The Gladstone Area Partnership joined in a lawsuit seeking to stop the liquor store from opening.

The issue started in November 2017 when the MPC approved the liquor store’s request over the concerns of the residents and neighborhood businesses in the area. The main concerns expressed to the MPC were that such a business would increase crime, that a liquor store was not congruous with the other uses in the neighborhood, and that there were similar establishments within close driving proximity. 

Studies show a direct link between rates of violent crime and the density of alcohol establishments. Dense access to offsite outlets like liquor stores have been linked with higher rates of homicide, aggravated assault and robbery. The higher rates are seen more sharply in lower and mixed socioeconomic communities.

There is current easy access to buying alcohol along Kings Hwy. Within 2 blocks of the old Circle K there are two off site outlets already. Many of these studies conclude that tighter alcohol regulations aimed at decreasing access to offsite outlets could be one of the most sustainable and cost effective ways to address violent crime.

For unknown reasons, the MPC voted to allow the liquor store to open, as long as it completed several stipulations. The neighbors, businesses, and the liquor store all appealed the decision to the City Council in December of 2017. The City Council vote ended up in a 3 to 3 tie. The city attorney interjected himself into the matter and erroneously decided that the tie vote approved the MPC decision. 

Recently, the judge remanded the issue back to the City Council, so the process for the liquor store owner to apply for a CO will restart and will go before the City Council once again, giving the residents a chance to voice their opinion and presence before the application is approved and the liquor store can open. This City Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 8th of 2019, at 3:00 P.M.

In addition to signing this petition, you can also email or call the council members.

LeVette.Fuller@shreveportla.gov
Willie.Bradford@shreveportla.gov
John.Nickelson@shreveportla.gov
Grayson.Boucher@shreveportla.gov
James.Flurry@shreveportla.gov
James.Green@shreveportla.gov
Jerry.Bowman@shreveportla.gov

We need the neighborhoods in this area to join together to protect our community.  Our neighborhood appreciates your support in this matter. 

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