Liquor outlet granted a license

April 03, 2005|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Howard County's Alcoholic Beverage License Board has granted a license for a contested liquor store in the small shopping center nearing completion on Route 216 at U.S. 29 in Scaggsville.

Owners of several existing liquor stores and several residents opposed the license for Rajeshri J. Patel, whose husband owns a liquor store in West Friendship. The new 2,054-square-foot store, at 8503 Ice Crystal Drive, is near a Food Lion supermarket and should be finished in several months, according to testimony reported in the board's March 30 ruling.

Six witness said they would welcome a new liquor store to complement the grocery store, and the board found that growth over the past two decades has created a need for another store. New traffic patterns make it more difficult for customers to get to the nearest liquor store, at the Cherry Tree Shopping Center across U.S. 29.

Opponents argued that the center was to have been "family friendly" with a drugstore, a cleaners and a bank, and they were upset that plans changed after the land was rezoned. Patty Smallwood worried about more traffic, and others said the new store would hurt nearby liquor stores.

The board also approved a new license for La Palapa Too, a 2,860-square-foot restaurant and patio planned for a new shopping center on Montpelier Road, next to the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, off U.S. 29. Miriam Yolanda Cebreros-Eades will be managing partner and half-owner.

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