OAKLAND -- Just days before the city's Planning Commission was scheduled to take a final vote regarding BevMo's application to set up shop at 3868 Piedmont Ave. the retail chain asked that the issue be taken off the commission's agenda.
In a preliminary vote on Sept. 19, the commission voted 4-0 to deny the application on grounds of zoning and traffic-related issues, but since staff had drafted documents recommending approval, a second vote had been scheduled for Nov. 7, during which all seven commission members would be present.
"At this time we are still evaluating this location and the approach for the next hearing," said Greg Endom, vice president of real estate and construction for BevMo, in an email. "We have no comment at this time."
Valerie Winemiller, an organizer for the Piedmont Avenue Neighborhood Improvement League, which has opposed that proposal from the beginning, hopes BevMo will consider a proposal brought forth by the Laurel District Association to consider other sites in Oakland.
Winemiller said several neighbors filed a protest to the state's Alcoholic Beverage Control Department, which ruled it as valid but has not yet denied BevMo's alcohol permit application.
According to city case planner Aubrey Rose, the commission would hear the case no sooner than January. If the proposal is denied again, BevMo can appeal to the Oakland City Council.