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Liquor store OKd in west Forsyth
Neighbors protest, citing nearby school
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Forsyth County News

WEST FORSYTH — Despite opposition from residents, a liquor license application for a package store in west Forsyth was approved Thursday night by Forsyth County commissioners.

Opponents felt that the proposed Westside Beverage on Drew Campground Road would be too close to neighborhoods and West Forsyth High School.

“In regards to location, it is really a detriment to the sale of our home. It’s a detriment to crime,” said Castaneda Kiagiadkis, who lives nearby. “It is a detriment to the fact that there is a high school within walking distance.”

Supporters, including the owner, cited property rights and the fact that there were several existing businesses in the area that sell alcohol.

“I know you’ve had a lot of opposition from people in the community, and I respect my neighbors’ opinions, but it’s an opinion only,” said Michael Bennett, property owner. “I have got the right to use this property.”

With the application, which was approved 5-0, the store will be able to sell malt beverages, wine and distilled spirits by the package.

The commission also approved alcohol licenses for Chevron Food Mart on McGinnis Ferry Road, Pacific Spice on Mathis Airport Parkway and Chevron Food Mart on Peachtree Parkway.

Also during their meeting Thursday night, the commissioners voted to reduce the sign requirements for land disturbance projects from 32 feet to 16 feet.