Community meeting on proposed ABC store

Is an ABC Store in Longview Gardens Shopping Center good for the community? Come to a community meeting next Thursday and discuss!

The Issue

First Citizens is selling the bank building at the Longview Shopping Center to the Wake County ABC Board. The board plans to demolish the building and build an approximately 4400 square foot ABC store on the site.

Due to tremendous concern over the project, members of the Wake County ABC Board have agreed to meet with the community at Sherrill’s Barber and Cosmetology School, located behind the bank building, on November 6th at 7:00 PM. The community response at the meeting will be critical in determining if the project moves forward.

What is at Stake
The First Citizens bank building is a landmark in the Longview Gardens Neighborhood and in a critical location which is home to small businesses. Longview Gardens is also home to families, churches, schools, and day cares. An ABC store could impact the community for decades.

You need to be involved if you care about:
• Safety and security in the shopping center and surrounding neighborhood
• The potential increased foot traffic, automobile traffic, and crime
• The long term impact on efforts to attract new merchants and re‐develop the center
• The immediate impact on small businesses already in the shopping center
• The effect on schools and churches that operate in the area and patron local businesses

What You Can Do Now
• Attend the community meeting on November the 6th
• Contact your community leaders and local government representatives
• Inform your neighbors and others in the East Raleigh area

Meeting Time and Location
7:00 PM November 6th
Sherrill’s Barber and Cosmetology School (located behind the bank building)
2110 New Bern Avenue (map)

For More Information
This meeting is being organized by the Longview Gardens Neighborhood Association. For more information on the meeting, the ABC store, and community initiatives, contact the LGNA co‐chair John Lockhart at his website or call 624‐0668.

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