No new liquor stores downtown, West Allis decides

May 22, 2014

There will be no new liquor stores in downtown West Allis, the Common Council decided Tuesday.

Aldermen and business owners alike want to upgrade the downtown.

The problem has been that homeless people and others have been buying liquor, consuming it in public and leaving bottles and other liter around the area, said Alderman Tom Lajsic. Nevertheless, Lajsic said he was uncomfortable supporting the ban which he felt had an anti-business tinge.

However, both aldermen representing the downtown, deemed to be Greenfield Avenue from 70th to 76th streets, strongly favor the ban. One of them, Alderwoman Cathleen Probst, said downtown business owners will say privately that they support the ban. But the Downtown Business Improvement District has taken a neutral stand because it doesn't want to be seen as anti-business, Probst said.

"Individually, they are all in favor," Probst said.

The one liquor store downtown will not be affected by the rezoning the council approved.

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