Jeff Smith has asked for a summary of the meeting with neighbors and Alderman Moran regarding the 7-Eleven, held on May 6, 2008.
Neighbors had the following concerns:
Alderman Moran distributed copies of a letter hand delivered to the 7-Eleven that stated:
Convenience Stores are not a permitted use in this district. Convenience Stores can operate in the B1a district only by obtaining a Special Use permit, approved by the City Council. In addition, Retail Food Establishments are only permitted to operate between the hours of 6am and midnight. Operation outside of these hours also requires a Special Use permit.
Pursuant to the procedures of Section 6-3-10-4, this letter shall serve as notice that you are in violation of the Evanston Zoning Ordinance. Please be advised that you must
1. cease all operations between the hours of midnight and 6am immediately.
2. apply to the Zoning Office for a Substitution of Non-Complying Use in order to continue operating, and
3. take immediate actions to secure a Special Use permit for the long-term operation of a convenience store.
Alderman Moran assured us that he will follow-up to make sure that the above is adhered to. He also stated that it would be very unlikely that the 7-Eleven would be able to obtain a liquor license. He said that he would work with the Evanston Police department to help facilitate enforcement of idling, loitering, noise abatement and curfew laws that apply.
New curfew laws have been put into effect in Evanston:
Our concerns at this time are:
The 7-Eleven has failed to cease operations at midnight as of this posting.