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CB3 Re-Evaluates Liquor Licensing Policies Thursday

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Here’s a reminder about Thursday night’s big Community Board 3 meeting looking at it’s much-maligned bar/restaurant liquor licensing policies. If you’re a resident frustrated with the growing number of clubs and bars in the neighborhood — or an operator who believes CB3’s SLA Committee is capricious and unfair — this is the time to speak your mind.

The community board will be looking at a wide range of contentious issues.  Near the top of the list: designated “resolution areas,” certain blocks that have been deemed so over-saturated with bars that CB3 requires applicants to “demonstrate (the) public benefit or (show) substantial support from the surrounding community.”  

They’ll also discuss policies surrounding the transfer of licenses from one owner to another.  David McWater, a CB3 member and bar owner, believes they should be automatically approved. Other committee members disagree.

The meeting will be held at University Settlement’s Houston Street Center, 273 Bowery. It begins at 63opm. CB3 District Manager Susan Stetzer asks anyone wishing to express their opinion to email written testimony in advance to:  info@cb3manhattan.org or bring a copy with you on Thursday.  Submitting written remarks will not disqualify you from speaking during the meeting.

If you would like to familiarize yourself with CB3’s SLA policies, you can visit their web site.

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