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December 17, 2013

Liquor store appeal denied

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Niagara Gazette — "Administratively . . . we have exhausted all options," Restaino said.

Zoning board of appeals member Christopher Stoianoff voted to approve the variance at the November meeting and then to deny it Tuesday night.

Stoianoff moved to amend the resolution at the November vote to include stipulations that Haruna work with block club members and start a neighborhood watch program as part of the variance before voting in support.

"I asked the owner to contact the block club council and to start a neighborhood watch with all his supporters," Stoianoff said. "That's not listed (in) Mr. Restaino's (request for an amendment)."

Leaders from the Niagara Falls Block Club Council and several neighbors of the store strongly oppose the proposed liquor store which, they said, would exacerbate crime issues in a section of the city that already has problems.

Dave Bieksza, an east side resident, said the neighborhood is too fragile to handle a liquor store.

"We just couldn't take any chances on this," Bieksza said.

Contact reporter Justin Sondel at 282-2311, ext. 2257.

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