Kansas City alcohol sale proposal aimed to help homeless - KCTV5

Kansas City alcohol sale proposal aimed to help homeless

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It's a long-held ordinance in Kansas City that businesses selling alcohol can't be located within 300 feet of a school or church. Now, the Kansas City Rescue Mission is hoping to get homeless shelters on the list. (Kansas City Rescue Mission/Facebook) It's a long-held ordinance in Kansas City that businesses selling alcohol can't be located within 300 feet of a school or church. Now, the Kansas City Rescue Mission is hoping to get homeless shelters on the list. (Kansas City Rescue Mission/Facebook)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Where people purchase alcohol may change in Kansas City as officials consider putting more boundaries where it can be bought.

It's a long-held ordinance in Kansas City that businesses selling alcohol can't be located within 300 feet of a school or church. Now, the Kansas City Rescue Mission is hoping to get homeless shelters on the list at a distance of 1,000 feet.

This comes after they found out an event center that serves alcohol will be going up right across the street.  

"It is easy to say a person can walk three or four blocks and get a drink, anyway. What we're trying to establish is a safe zone, an area that a person can know that the temptation isn't there,” said Joe Colaizzi, director of the Kansas City Rescue Mission.

Colaizzi made his case Monday to the Alcoholic Beverage Advisory Group with support from Kansas City councilman Scott Wagner.

After 30 minutes of discussion, the group finally voted 5-0 against allowing the 1,000-foot barrier.

"I would be more than willing to listen to another option, and I think they heard enough that they know kind of what tripped peoples’ trigger and what didn't, what they would be in favor of, and what they wouldn't be in favor of,” said Alan Hoambrecker with the Alcoholic Beverage Advisory Group. “So, I think if they went back and put together another game plan, I don't think it would hurt."

Advisory group member Forestine Beasley said she thinks they need to be better educated as to what's already in place to help them with what businesses may try to come into their area.  

“We've already done a good job in setting up checks and balances to help the community, as it is,” she said.

For Wagner, the group's vote was a complete surprise.

"Maybe a better definition of the sorts of agencies that we were talking about … all of which were very doable, and we would be happy to come back with.  Unfortunately, they just decided to just take a vote and be done. And to me, that's very disappointing,” Wagner said.

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