Summit County Commissioners OK Summit Cove liquor store |

Summit County Commissioners OK Summit Cove liquor store

Caddie Nath
Summit Daily News

Summit Cove shoppers may soon see a liquor, wine and beer retailer nearby as the Summit Board of County Commissioners finally allowed a long-withheld exception to a planned unit development code banning liquor stores.

The liquor store, described to commissioners as a high-end wine, beer and spirits boutique, got the green light from the BOCC with a number of restrictions and, upon receiving a liquor license, may open in the Summit Center in the near future.

Liquor retail establishments have historically been banned from the shopping center near Summit Cove, after a 1993 review of the PUD resulted in a change to the code that prohibited businesses that were not “essential” to the needs of the neighborhood.

In the intervening years, establishments county planners argued were non-essential, such as a video rental store and a bar, the Cala Inn, came to the Summit Center.

But in 1998, when a different applicant asked that the PUD code be changed to allow for a liquor store, the request was denied by the BOCC and drew strong opposition from nearby residents.

County commissioners at the time also said they were worried a liquor store would cause increased traffic in the shopping center from Highway 6.

This time around, with the hopeful business-owner, Ben Brown, promising an upscale “boutique” retail store – with wine tastings, social gatherings and classes and with 54 letters of support from Summit Cove residents – commissioners approved an exception to the PUD to allow for the liquor store.

Brown told planners only 20 percent of retail space would be used for hard liquor, the rest for wine and beer sales. The store also will not have neon alcohol signs, bars or chicken wire in the windows.

The store would generally be open until 8 p.m. on weeknights and 10 p.m. on the weekends, county planners told commissioners at a recent meeting.

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