Summit Cove may get liquor store |

Summit Cove may get liquor store

Kathryn Corazzelli
Summit Daily News

The Snake River Planning Commission approved a motion Thursday to recommend the Summit County Board of County Commissioners make an amendment to the Summit Center’s planned unit development code, which currently doesn’t allow for alcohol sales. Applicant Ben Brown is requesting the change; he and his wife wish to open a boutique wine, beer and spirits shop in the center, located in the Summit Cove neighborhood.

The original PUD was approved in 1983 and allowed for various commercial uses, including a liquor store. In a 1993 review, the code was changed to exclude liquor following an argument such a business was not essential to neighborhood needs. In 2008, new center owners applied for an amendment to allow a liquor store on the premises; SRPC recommended BOCC approve, but the motion was denied.

The current recommendation was made Thursday citing 54 letters of support from Summit Cove residents, and only one in opposition. The commission found the amendment would maintain the intent of the center for Summit Cove citizens, would not change the intensity of use of the center, and would not impact public health, safety or welfare, among other things.

Brown said 80 percent of the store would be dedicated to wine and beer sales; 20 percent would hold liquor. There will be no neon alcohol signs in the windows, and no bars or chicken wire. The couple hopes to engage the neighborhood by having selected Summit Cove residents recommend a featured wine each month and hold periodic wine tastings and wine classes.

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