Parkville Association Opposes Liquor License for Burke's Pharmacy

The proposed store would occupy the former site of Burke's Pharmacy.

The president of the Greater Parkville Community Council said her group will oppose a request for a liquor license for the former site of Burke's Pharmacy in Parkville.

Ruth Baisden said the opposition to the proposed liquor store in the 8500 block of Harford Road is in keeping with the group's position on the issuing of new licenses for packaged goods stores.

Greater Parkville Community Council president Ruth Baisden said the community group is opposed to any new license for a liquor store along Harford Road.

"We feel there are enough package liquor stores in the area, I know there are over 11 nearby," Baisden said. "It's not the most desirable business if you're trying to create a walkable, family-friendly business district."

The liquor license request is scheduled for a hearing before the Baltimore County Liquor Board Aug. 13 at 2:30 p.m.

County law requires that the liquor board consider the public need and desire for a license, as well as the number and location of existing businesses that sell liquor and the potential effect a new license would have on existing licensees.

Back in March community opposition in neighboring Carney led the liquor board to deny an application for a new liquor license centered around the former location of Beverly Hochstedt florist.

During the Carney hearing, Ruth Baisden testified in opposition to a new liquor store.

"The community is uniting, we don’t want it. We don’t feel there is a need to accommodate the residents," Baisden told the board during that hearing.

In a recent interview, she said her association's opinion hasn't changed.

"It's not needed in the area, there's been a precedent for this. [An application] was just turned down at Beverly Hochstedt, and one was turned down in the Carney Village shopping center not that long ago," Baisden said. "Hopefully the board will look back on the decisions they've made in the past and rule the same way."

A Baltimore Sun article said that Burke's Pharmacy owner Pat Burke closed up shop in Parkville at the same time he closed a Burke's Pharmacy in Reisterstown and Chestnut AID pharmacy in Hampden.

At the time, Burke told the Sun that a down economy didn't factor into his decision to close.

"It's just time," Burke told the Sun. "I'm tired."

Pat Burke is listed as one of the applicants for the new liquor license on the Baltimore County Liquor Board website.

Frank V. Boozer, the Towson attorney representing Burke and Ian Lee, another applicant listed on the license, before the liquor board, could not be reached for comment.

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Red Dolphin August 07, 2012 at 08:29 PM
"we" dont want some one opening up thier own business,,,,,,,,,, and trying to live the american dream............. "we" just know how awful liqour stores are for the neigborhood,,,,,,,,,,are these the same complainers about Heritage honda? what have they got against entreprenuers?
Red Dolphin August 07, 2012 at 08:32 PM
and check out the name of the lawyer for the liqour store investors "Boozer" see that they are discriminating against him 'cause of his name
ELpH's Mom August 08, 2012 at 12:06 PM
These are people looking out for their neighborhood. They want a neighborhood with a high family population and near a bunch of schools to stay family friendly and safe. As for the the Heritage Honda issue, it isn't about keeping a business out of Parkville, it is about it encroaching beyond Harford Road into the neighborhoods and homes nearby. The little bit of land Honda is fighting for doesn't buy them much more parking but lowers the property values of several homes and makes a neighborhood side street much more dangerous for the people that live on the street, not only because of traffic but because of the illegal parking and unloading of vehicles. It also doesn't help that they make promises they don't keep and that they have opportunities to expand their business in already business major zoned areas that are currently vacant in the area that would put them between their Towson and Parkville locations. I want Honda to be prosperous, just not at the expense of my home, safety and neighborhood.
Margaret August 08, 2012 at 09:26 PM
I don't want a liquor store there how about a patient first instead?
M. Sullivan August 09, 2012 at 02:02 PM
How, exactly, is a liquor store detrimental to the neighborhood? It's not like a bar, where people are going to be consuming booze and wandering out into the street. It's just a store, just like any other. It's not a methadone clinic or a check cashing store. A viable business is certainly better for the area than an empty storefront. You people need to get off your high horse and get some common sense!
Ruth Baisden August 11, 2012 at 12:13 PM
Veron Boozer is a well know attorney and use to be a State Delegate.
Denis Jenkins August 13, 2012 at 02:13 AM
Ruth Baisden has an agenda. "We don't feel there is a need to accomdate the residents." As president of the community association, who is she trying to accommodate. I have lived in that neighborhood since 1978 and remember when there was a liquor store at the end of Acton Rd. It did not deter from anything. The locations in Carney Village and Hochstedt's are both too close to other liquor stores to have earned this license. The location on Harford Rd (formerly Burke's Pharmacy) is not close to another store and will serve the community well.
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