Thursday, 18 December 2014 00:00

Video Gaming, Liquor License at IL Body Shop Draws Opposition from Adjoining Church

Hollinshead Auto Body, 2935 E. Sangamon Ave., and Tobacco Direct, 2528 North Grand Ave. E., were scheduled for a hearing on December 18 at the county Zoning Board of Appeals on requests for a zoning change that would allow the businesses to apply for liquor licenses, according to Tim Landis, www.sj-r.com.

Under state law, businesses cannot provide video gaming unless they have obtained a liquor license.

The Tobacco Direct will still have a hearing on December 18, but zoning officials said Hollinshead owner, Jake Hollinshead, asked December 17 that his case be postponed until the Jan. 15 board meeting, Landis reported.

Zoning officials said residents of nearby neighborhoods have filed numerous objections against the body shop's liquor license request. One hundred petition signatures have been gathered in opposition to the Hollinshead zoning change, according to Pastor Bob Armstrong of the adjoining Living Water Church.

Landis tried contacting Hollinshead by phone, email and a visit to the business, but was unable to get a comment.

The full county board will have the final say in the zoning change, after a recommendation from the Board of Appeals.

Armstrong said he and a group of members planned to attend the zoning hearing on December 18 in opposition to the Hollinshead request, Landis reported. The pastor added that he’s concerned by the possibility of alcohol sales and video terminals next door to the church.

Zoning administrator Cyndi Knowles said no objections had been filed to the Tobacco Direct petition.