- Associated Press - Monday, September 22, 2014

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - Neighbors of a planned Davenport convenience store oppose it because they believe its liquor sales will draw problems to the area.

Ramadan and Mohammed Farraj are planning to turn their property at 1530 W. 4th St., which used to be a bar until it closed in 2009, into a convenience store, the Quad-City Times reported (https://bit.ly/1qnJjbg ).

Several neighbors have joined with real estate broker Jeff Weindruch, who owns property next to the building, in filing a lawsuit against the city’s Zoning Board of Adjustment. The board initially denied the special use permit for the property at a July meeting, but then reversed the decision the next month. The suit asks a judge to overturn the board’s approval of the permit.

A message left with the city’s legal department wasn’t immediately returned Monday.

Ramadan Farraj, 34, said their convenience store will not be a liquor store.

“Davenport’s code says that you cannot have more than 35 percent of your floor space devoted to alcoholic sales,” Farraj said. “We’re going to have the bakery, the cheese, the chips and candy, the toilet paper, the bread and everything else.”

But Weidruch said that the store will create a “nuisance situation.”

“They may not be able to have more than 35 percent of their liquor on the sales floor, but they can still sell 99 percent liquor from that. It’s a cute dance,” he said.

Davenport city planner Scott Koops said in the July meeting of the Zoning Board of Adjustment that the convenience store could create traffic congestion in the neighborhood.

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Information from: Quad-City Times, https://www.qctimes.com


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