As you know, I was asked by Mr. Hashim Sayed and the 7-Eleven corporation to lift the 49th Ward’s moratorium on new packaged liquor licenses for their store at 1414 W. Pratt (at Glenwood). Lifting the moratorium would have enabled 7-Eleven to apply for a liquor license.
I hosted a community meeting on Tuesday, October 24th, to give Mr. Sayed and 7-Eleven an opportunity to present their proposal and solicit the opinions of community residents.
Nearly 100 community residents attended the meeting, and nearly every resident spoke out against the proposal. In light of the overwhelming community opposition, I have informed Mr. Syed and the 7-Eleven representatives that I will deny their request to lift the moratorium.
I would like to thank Mr. Sayed and 7-Eleven for their willingness to present their plans to the community. And I would like to thank everyone who took the time to attend the meeting or send an e-mail expressing their opinion on this issue. By most accounts, Mr. Sayed runs a good, clean store, but the residents who live closest to the store agree that the community is not able to absorb another packaged liquor license.
I respect their opinion and will abide by their recommendation.