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Fuquay-Varina residents say no to liquor store

Posted February 22, 2013

— Residents in Fuquay-Varina are fighting plans to build a liquor store they say will be too close to a church and an elementary school.

Neighbors say they want something done before construction begins in March on the ABC store slated for the corner of Mill Creek Drive and U.S. Highway 401.

“The ABC store doesn’t belong here,” homeowner Mike Coschigano said. “There’s a day-care center. There’s a church. There’s a senior center.”

A 200-unit apartment complex is also going up near the site, which is near Fuquay-Varina Elementary School.

But officials said the location of the liquor store is perfectly legal. The intersection is in a mixed-use zoning area, which allows both residential and retail property. The project meets land-use regulations, so the town’s Board of Commissioners approved it.

“That doesn’t make it right,” resident Janet Kala said. “It’s just not a family-friendly store that needs to be there. If there were no other options, that’s one thing. But there are so many options. This was just a poor choice.”

Coschigano and other residents point out that Town Commissioner Cynthia Sheldon, who approved the project, also sits on the Wake County Board of Alcoholic Control. They consider that a conflict of interest.

Sheldon said she did not need to recuse herself from the vote because there was no conflict – she receives no personal financial benefit from the store.

The town has ordinances against adult-themed businesses operating within 1,000 feet of a school or church or within 500 feet of residential property.

But a liquor store isn’t considered adult-themed under the law since patrons don’t consume alcohol on the premises.

ABC officials said they expect to break ground on the 5,500-square-foot store in about 30 days. Neighbors said they’ll continue to fight it.

“Growth has its price,” Coschigano said. “But I think this is one that probably shouldn’t be paid.”


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  • feistyredhead2001 Feb 28, 2013

    Okay... I live in Fuquay ... and there is an ABC store over by sheetz... Really. You don't want it near churches or day cares... you all sound so Ridiculous!!! If some one wants to buy lotto their going to drive and find a store with it, if some one wants alcohol they will drive to go get it.... YOU MAKE IT SOUND LIKE OUR TOWN HAS NO SELF CONTROL... GROW UP !!!

  • goldenosprey Feb 25, 2013

    It's hard for me to understand why anyone would want more liquor stores?" -willie 11

    Convenience. Jeez, willie, what kind of ECU'er are you?

    If the puritan nannies in FV prevail, in the future their karma will cause either an opium den or a marijuana dispensary to go in the location slated for ABC. For cryin' out loud, people, it's a retail store with no consumption, not a nekkid bar or an internet cafe.

  • superman Feb 25, 2013

    Forget about building the ABC store. Build another big church. Keep it open 24/7 for those people in Fuquay. They have way too much time on their hands and they should be in church.

  • readme Feb 25, 2013

    What a complete joke. Wrong on so many levels, both from the left and the right. The ABC program is a joke. Privatize it! But also a joke is not allowing it near a school or a church. As long as the land is zoned for commercial, any retail outlet should be allowed.

  • Crumps Br0ther Feb 25, 2013

    This is why the stores shouldnt be state run. Its ridiculous! Bev had a chance to fix that and didnt, another FAIL. Blues are completely silly
    Crumps Br0ther

    I meant Blue Laws are completely silly


  • Crumps Br0ther Feb 25, 2013

    Im sure the teachers are bummed. I know a lot of them that drink. cant say I blame em, after putting up with your precious snow flakes all day, I probably would too!

  • Crumps Br0ther Feb 25, 2013

    This is why the stores shouldnt be state run. Its ridiculous! Bev had a chance to fix that and didnt, another FAIL. Blues are completely silly

  • Crumps Br0ther Feb 25, 2013

    C'mon FV toughen up. I have some friends who live in Branson, MO the buckle of the Bible Belt(a state that doesnt have state run liquor stores by the way)and there is sex shop across the street from a church. Ya know what the church does? They pray that the place will either close or move, they didnt go crying to the city.

  • EnoughWhiningAlready Feb 22, 2013

    "they say will be too close to a church and an elementary school"

    I'm sure the clerks would check the ID's of anyone looking 10 or younger........and the ABC's aren't open on Sunday's when the largest church services are in progress. Get serious, Fuquay Folks.

  • dev8me Feb 22, 2013

    oooohhh like churchgoers, kindergartners, school kids will all flock in mass to buy liquor... get real, stop trying to mothering everyone