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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB)--Crews are putting the finishing touches on a business in west Louisville, but it's causing a lot of controversy. That's because neighbors recently learned the business is going to be home to another liquor store.
"I see a lot of crews coming to help clean up down here, lot of churches and organizations trying to keep the neighborhood clean," says Paul Bryant.
Bryant is a lifelong west Louisville neighbor. "I just think it's moving in a positive direction."
And he believes new businesses are the key to keeping the neighborhood moving in the right direction. "We need more stores in the 'hood...especially big store where we can get some product from."
But Bryant and lots of his neighbor are not happy about the new business that's about to open at the corner of 28th and Virginia Avenue.
Bryant says, "I personally ain't one to knock nobody for trying to be an entrepreneur or none of those things but I feel like it's better places you can put a liquor store."
Crews have been working on the building for months. "So we found out maybe 7 days ago," says Metro Councilwoman Attica Scott.
But neighbors and first district councilwoman Scott only recently learned of the owner's intentions.
Scott says, "We've been trying to contact the owners to find out what it's going to be but they would never call our office back and then we got this notification that they had applied for a liquor license."
Councilwoman Scott learned via email that a company called S & S Investment of Kentucky, Incorporated applied for an extended hours beer license at the location...she says it comes as the neighborhood is trying to change its image.
"You can't do that with a liquor store in the backdrop and it's down the street from a daycare, from the Parkland family scholar house; there's too much positive going on to have something like this," says Scott.
Bryant adds another point. He says, "It's enough of those around here. It's better things we can do...more community centers, more parks you know...a library right there."
And Bryant says there's one more thing to keep in mind. "Plus we got to keep in mind that there's a school just a street over...kind of a bad look."
Neighbors met Tuesday night to look at all of their options. They still hope to stop the store from ever opening from business.
S & S Investment head Nicholas Cordova contacted WDRB after the story first aired Tuesday. He said neighbors' characterization of his plans to open a liquor store are incorrect.
Instead, Cordova said he plans to open "a convenience store that sells beer." His application for an alcohol license is to sell beer, he said. Cordova said he hopes to open in March or April and attract other tenants to the building as well.