Proposed liquor store too close to park, Norwood residents say
A proposed liquor store near a local park in the Norwood community has some residents worrying about neighbourhood safety.
The store slotted for Norwood Square is about 30 metres from a park at the intersection of 95th Street and 114th Avenue.
Neighbour Cris Basualdo says workers at a neighbouring daycare already have to frequently pick up needles and bottles before allowing the children to play outside. She worries that the liquor store will only make things worse.
"We already have problems sometimes in this park with people drinking and doing other illegal activities," said Basualdo. "We don't want that to increase."
Karen Mykietka, president of the Alberta Avenue Community League, says city bylaws are suppose to prevent liquor stores from being built within 100 metres of a park.
"If they can do it in this instance, in our neighbourhood, they can do it in any neighbourhood. If they can disregard this bylaw, they can disregard any bylaw."
The liquor store was approved last week by the Subdivision Development Appeal Board.
Ward 7 Coun. Tony Caterina believes the city should decline to give the proposed store a business licence.
"We’ve shut down bars. We do all kinds of things if we think they're going to be a detriment to the community," he said.
Caterina said the city's legal department is looking into the decision.