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Council grants request for beer license transfer

February 28, 2007|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A request to transfer a beer license that was shot down by the Chambersburg Borough Council last year got unanimous approval this week when it was resubmitted for a different location.

Michael Hennessy last September asked the council to approve an intermunicipal transfer of a beer license from Washington Township to Chambersburg for a business he planned to open in the 600 block of South Main Street in the borough's Third Ward.

Hennessy said he wanted to open a sandwich shop and beer drive-thru, as well as a dry cleaning business, on the property.

However, about 30 residents and clergy turned out in opposition to the plan, saying there were already enough drinking establishments in the Third Ward. The Rev. Edgar Scott of the Greater Good News Church of God in Christ called them "magnets for crime."

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The council unanimously rejected the request to transfer the license and Hennessy subsequently appealed the decision in Franklin County Court.

On Monday, Hennessy was back with a similar plan, but for a different site, a 5.1-acre site on Orchard Drive in the Fifth Ward. Unlike the South Main Street site, the Orchard Drive parcel is in a business park and there are no homes within 500 feet, Hennessy told the council.

No one raised objections to the request at the public hearing Monday night. Hennessy told the board he would drop his appeal if the beer license transfer was granted for the new site.

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