By FRANCA LEWIS
A plan to reopen a liquor store in a Hagerstown neighborhood cleared one hurdle Wednesday.
The Washington County Liquor Board approved the license application for Dave's Liquors, 303 N. Mulberry St., on the condition that the owners meet all zoning, health and fire standards.
The property is zoned residential, according to the Hagerstown zoning office.
Fred's Liquor Store had operated out of that location for many years. That store has been closed for more than a year, however, and the property must now meet current Hagerstown zoning regulations. Zoning rules prohibit liquor stores from locating in neighborhoods zoned residential. Property owners have the option of seeking a zoning exception through the zoning appeals board or taking the matter to court.
Hagerstown developer David Lyles, one of the D&B Corp. partners in the plan to reopen the store, said after the liquor board meeting that he had no comment.