Schools and alcohol don’t mix, says the board of the Sycamore Square Neighborhood Association.
Wilshire Crest Elementary and Yeshiva Gedolah High are within blocks of a proposed 24-hour, 7-Eleven at the north-east corner of Olympic Blvd. and La Brea Ave.
Cathedral Chapel of St. Vibiana Church is less than half a block north on La Brea.
Both the church and schools are considered “sensitive uses,” when considering applications for new liquor permits, according to Tara Devine who gave a presentation on the application at a recent SSNA board meeting.
A letter of opposition will be sent to the city Planning zoning administrator, the Council District Four office and the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council Land Use Committee.
The SSNA board opposed the project for several reasons, including stating convenience stores in general tend to be magnets for loitering, litter, panhandling, shoplifting, traffic and more serious crime.
What’s more the neighborhood is at capacity with round-the-clock stores, Devine reported.
There is a 24-hour convenience mart at an Arco gas station across the street and various drug stores with 24-hour beer and wine sales are within a one-mile radius.
Other concerns listed were heavy traffic at the La Brea/Olympic intersection, and limited parking with 13 spaces in the current lot (for the four businesses located there).
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