Sky7 Food for Less demolition
City staff said the project would increase food access to an area that lost its only grocery store and would return a long-abandoned property to productive use. The renovations on the 2,400 square-foot building could run as much as $100,000, Gandhi said.
Gandhi said his family owns and operates a convenience store in Enon. He said he hopes to open his shop in March or April.
Staff, however, said they are concerned about allowing a convenience store to operate in the neighborhood since One Stop Grocery is seeking a transfer of an existing liquor license from Sam’s Beer & Wine, located two blocks away.
The city is objecting to the transfer of the license. But the state is in charge of issuing liquor permits.
City officials say Sam’s has been a “severe nuisance” of criminal activity, and police claim transferring the license could negatively interfere with “public decency, sobriety, peace or good order,” according to a Dayton planning staff report.
In any event, the city of Dayton Board of Zoning Appeals earlier this month approved a use variance in support of the grocery and convenience store operations.
The property was zoned transitional, which prohibits retail uses.
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