The planning committee of the Echo Park neighborhood council tonight voted to schedule a special meeting to address residents’ concerns about allowing a proposed 7-Eleven store on Glendale Boulevard to sell beer and wine. The committee also moved ahead with a proposal to identify and map out “alcohol zones” to help guide future requests for alcohol permits, said Jose Sigala, president of the Greater Echo Park Neighborhood Council. A meeting item to review a beer and wine permit for Xoia Vietnamese Eats* was postponed at the request of the restaurant.
Here is Sigala’s summary of tonight’s planning committee meeting:
The alcohol zone item was passed on to the [full council] board as a recommendation to draft a letter to the Planning Department to work with our neighborhood council to establish … a map of areas where alcohol is allowed according to zoning laws. I believe we would be the first neighborhood council in the city requesting this type of zoning map.
On the 7-Eleven, the committee voted to have a special meeting to allow the applicant to address concerns from neighbors … get an official position from the LAPD and to conduct more outreach to the immediate neighborhood. Concerns raised dealt with traffic, lack of parking, over concentration of alcohol sales, hours of operation, hours of alcohol sales, potential gang problems and loitering. The applicant representative agreed to come back to the Committee to address issues that were raised.
One neighbor that lives right next door complained about the bright light from the new sign. She said she can read a book in her backyard at midnight – that is how bright it is.
* Xoia is an Eastsider advertiser.