Public hearing set for liquor license near CMU

By: Alicia Gentile Email
By: Alicia Gentile Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -- Another establishment in close proximity to Colorado Mesa University is looking to obtain a liquor license, however state law requires a lengthy distance between the two, but the city may be able to make an exception.

State law requires a 500-foot buffer between a liquor licensed premise and a college campus. And now a new establishment is asking the city to reduce the distance in order to obtain a beer and wine license near CMU.

The City of Grand Junction is a Home Rule Municipality, which means the city has a charter in which the follow, that varies from state law time to time. In some cases, the state law cannot be changed, but in other cases, state law may be modified by the city and this request is one of those cases.

Jim Jeffryes is one of the owners of Kannah Creek Brewing Company and it was back in 2005 when the restaurant was working on getting things off the ground, when they ran into a problem. According to Colorado law, Kannah Creek on 12th and Orchard was too close to CMU to obtain a liquor license. The brewery decided to go before City Council to request an amendment to the state law prohibiting the restaurant to sell alcohol near the university. City Council approved Kannah Creek's request and now eight years later, another establishment is making a similar proposal to the city.

"The specific request was to reduce the 500-foot distance between a school or a college campus and liquor establishment," said Tim Moore, the Deputy City Manager.

The request is a two step process for the City of Grand Junction. At the July 3rd City Council meeting, there was a "first reading" to let the community know there will be an upcoming public hearing.

I asked and tried to find exactly who is asking for the new rules, but I wasn't able to confirm whether or not the new establishment is privately owned, like Kannah Creek Brewery or if the request is being made by a venue associated with CMU.

If you want to weigh in your thoughts, July 17th, at the City Council meeting there will be a public hearing and a decision will be made.


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