On November 7th, Melrose Action sent nearly 700 residents in the Melrose Village area an electronic survey asking them their opinions on the proposed CVS Pharmacy / Liquor Store / Minute Clinic at Melrose and Gardner St. The results show that 70% of neighbors don’t want the CVS, and 17% voted they support it unmitigated and as is, while 13% voiced support for it with conditions imposed on it’s operation. 122 people took part in the survey.
Attend the hearing on this issue this Tuesday, November 17th at 9:00AM at Los Angeles City Hall Room 1070 (Map it Here). You can also email your own opinions directly to the Zoning Administrator assigned to this case by clicking firstname.lastname@example.org. Copy and paste the following info into the subject line of your email “7500 Melrose Avenue ZA 2015-3269-CUB”. To be transparent, a copy of the full survey results with comments is available here for download.
Here are some of the 46 comments the survey received.
–“It’s a small neighborhood area letting a big, and I MEAN BIG, chain come in. That sucks. But if it’s going to happen, then PLEASE let the hours that liquor can be sold cut off at a certain time, like 10 PM or 11 PM as opposed to 2 AM.”
–“The neighborhood would be better served by a business such as the one that intended to move in – Fresh & Easy. Although they are not an option now, a smaller grocery or food boutique would be better for the residents.”
–“A CVS on Melrose may help out other businesses. I am not sure it is fair to put conditions and limits on this store and not others who sell liquor as they also bring in the negative elements into the neighborhood. CVS sells other items that neighbors and merchants may need, for this reason I am okay with bring in this store.”
–“I feel that without fully restricting the sales of alcohol the community will be impacted with the negative effects of intoxicated individuals, especially transients, that will result in an increase of incidents that require additional police attention. This location is too close to an elementary school and park (both children and family oriented).”
–“We could use a cvs!! I wholeheartedly support this and think it unfortunate that homeowners would not want a great business we can walk to in the neighborhood just because of the alcohol sales. We have no where to go in walking distance to buy milk or eggs in our neighborhood. I hope The neighborhood associations do not fight this because of fear about the perceived increase in transient issues. This is an ideal vendor in an ideal and central location for outr community. Please see the upside potential of convenience for the community. The space is an eyesore and has been empty long enough. We really need this store. I drive to the cvs on vine in order to go to cvs — fighting this is short sighted and smacks of nimby fearmongering/“
–“There is no need for these types of stores in this area. To many CVS type stores already exist why here. Also I do no support large businesses here especially retail of this kind, kills the neighbourhood feel of small scale local retail. This will bring neighbourhood down.”