City officials say Hyde Park boozy enough, oppose proposed liquor store on Fairmount Avenue
UPDATE: The licensing board rejected the request for a liquor license.
The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to grant a license to a liquor store on Fairmount Avenue across from the fire station.
At a hearing today, Joel Nunez said his Fairmount Wine and Spirits at 59 Fairmount Ave. would meet a public need for a liquor store that nearby residents could walk to, rather than having to get in their cars to drive the four or five blocks to ODB Liquors on Hyde Park Avenue.
But representatives from both the mayor's office and district City Councilor Rob Consalvo told the board they oppose Nunez's store - roughly kitty corner from the site of the failed Albert Winestein - because Hyde Park already has enough liquor stores. In addition to ODB, they pointed to alcohol emporiums on Hyde Park Avenue and Truman Parkway and in Wolcott Square.
The mayor's office said it is also concerned about public safety because of the store's location across from the fire station. Human nature being what it is, people would park in front of the store to dash in for a bottle - potentially blocking in fire trucks on their way out of the fire station on the narrowest part of Fairmount, the mayor's rep said.