There’s an application before City council for a new liquor store in the East Village. What makes this one controversial is it’s close proximity to the Calgary Drop-In Centre.
The store would be on 6th Avenue just east of 5th Street S.E. which would put it about three blocks from the shelter.
The vote at the planning commission was far from unanimous with 6-3 in favour. A couple of the people opposed were concerned that having a liquor store so close to the shelter would wave a figurative red flag in front of the Drop-In Centre.
However, Debbie Newman, executive director of the DI said they are not opposed to the application but suggest the owner of the liquor store needs to be responsible to take precautions around being located near the shelter.
“While I wouldn’t get in the way of businesses being erected around the Drop-In Centre, I certainly think there’s a responsibility on both parties to deal with potential issues that might come up, “said Newman.
She points out there’s a relatively small percentage at the DI that have problems with alcohol.
With files from Aurelio Perri