Steve Kim delivers testimony to the Baltimore County Liquor Board as it hears his application for a liquor license Monday. The license was denied.
Steve Kim delivers testimony to the Baltimore County Liquor Board as it hears his application for a liquor license Monday. The license was denied. (Jon Bleiweis/Baltimore Sun Media Group)

The Baltimore County Liquor Board denied a request Monday for a license for a liquor store on Edmondson Avenue in the Westgate neighborhood that residents had opposed.

Board Chairman Charles E. Klein said while the applicant, Steve Kim of Edmondson Wine & Spirits LLC, was deemed "a fit and proper applicant," the board did not hear enough evidence to support the need for a liquor store.

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While Kim provided a petition with about 400 signatures in support of his proposed store, the board received petitions with more than 860 signatures of people opposing the store.

Eighteen people attended the afternoon hearing to speak against a license and no one spoke in support.

Proposed Catonsville liquor store under fire from some in Westgate neighborhood

Neighbors in Catonsville's Westgate community have started a petition drive opposing a proposed liquor store on Edmondson Avenue near the city line.

A petition against the application on change.org created by Kelly Madden, secretary of the Westgate Community Association, had 473 signatures leading up to the Monday afternoon hearing. She said the community, along the Edmondson Avenue corridor near the city line, has about 900 homes.

Those opposed said there was no need for an additional liquor store and said they were concerned about its location, in the same shopping center as a day care center and a school bus stop and within two blocks of a nursery school and a Montessori school.

Madden said the community association's board of directors voted 9-1 to oppose the license request. Two members abstained.

"We're just happy it turned out the way it did," she said.

Sarah Fondelier, vice president of the Westowne Elementary School PTA, said its board was unanimously opposed to the license. .

During testimony, property owner Robert Chertkof, whose family has owned the building since the 1960s, said he did not try to assess whether there was a public need for a liquor store, but said it would be "a fine addition to the community."

Kim and his attorney, Frank Boozer Jr., declined to comment. The decision can be appealed in circuit court.



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