Some of you are aware that the Tiger Mart on I-35 and Oltorf has been purchased by Speedy Stop and this change of ownership has allowed them to re-apply for a waiver of the alcoholic beverage ordinance that prevents the sale of alcohol within 300 feet of a public school or day-care facility. Â The property is just across the street from Travis High School and right next door to Faith Presbyterian’s Child Development Center Day-care facility – both of these entities were considered in 1999 when City Council voted to deny the initial waiver request, but even this precedent does not guarantee that the waiver will be denied this time and we need your help to make sure it is not granted.
SRCC voted to send a letter of opposition at our last general meeting (which we did) and we also plan on attending the August 2nd City Council meeting to speak in opposition along side representatives from Faith Presbyterian, Wildflower Church, Austin Interfaith, and Texans Standing Tall. Â We all believe the youth in our community should be protected from alcohol sales (and the myriad of issues that accompany locations that sell alcohol) right next to our High Schools and community day-care centers – it’s the exact reason the ordinance exists in the first place.
Please consider signing the attached commitment form and attending the City Council meeting at City Hall with us on August 2nd (after 4PM, but precise timing won’t be known until that day). Â Our neighborhood needs to go above and beyond just emails – we need our presence to be felt and we hope you will help by showing your support at the meeting.