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Problem drive-through closes



Published: Tue, April 17, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Staff report

YOUNGSTOWN

After years of neighbors’ attempting to do something about the behavior outside a South Side convenience store, the business has closed. Gina’s Drive Thru at 1942 Glenwood Ave. had a lot of people who loitered outside of the business. They would drink liquor in the open, and people often were seen urinating outside during the middle of the day, said Ian J. Beniston, deputy director of the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. There also were a number of quick exchanges between people in the parking lot, indicating suspicious behavior. This activity occurred continually over several years.

“The neighborhood group had attempted to work with the owners. They specifically asked them to stop selling alcohol to the people who continuously loitered around the store,” he said.

A phone number could not be found for Saud Y. Jundi, who is the owner of the property, according to Ohio Division of Liquor Control records.

The real work to close the drive-through was done by the residents, including the Idora Block Watch, who were willing to testify about activity at the business and worked toward the nonrenewal of Gina’s liquor license, said Paul Drennen, Youngstown’s 5th Ward councilman.

Drennen said he objected to the liquor- permit renewal, based on the drinking, drug use and other criminal activity that was going on near the business.

The drive-through had appealed the ruling but canceled its appeal before the April 12 hearing date, Beniston said.

“The business had packed up and closed about two weeks before that,” Beniston said.

The company knew it wasn’t going to win the fight for a license renewal, Drennen said. There isn’t a concerted effort to remove all places that sell liquor, he noted.

“There are several other businesses in the Glenwood corridor that sell alcohol that we haven’t went after. We want good business in the Glenwood corridor,” he said.

The nonrenewal prevents Gina’s from reopening with a liquor license for the next year. The next step for that neighborhood probably is to get an issue on the ballot in November to make that precinct dry, Drennen said.


Comments

1foxyglo(372 comments)posted 2 years ago

GOOD, THESE PEOPLE HAVE THESE CORNER STORES AND LET PEOPLE HANG AROUND THEIR STORES HAS GOT TO BE OUT OF THEIR MINDS.. THEY KNOW ILLEGAL ACTIVITY IS GOING ON. THEY ALSO INDULGE IN IT. I AM GLAD THEY ARE CLOSED. I HAVE NEVER WANTED TO STOP THERE BECAUSE OF THE PEOPLE THAT HANG OUTSIDE THE STORE. WHY NOT GO AND KICK IT @ UR OWN DAMN HOUSE, GET A LIFE.

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2VINDYAK(1799 comments)posted 2 years ago

The rebuilding of The Valley...one brick at a time.

When all the bricks are gone, where do we put the vagrants?

This reminds me of how to get rid of rats...keep your place clean, set up traps and they will disappear.

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3CountryGirl51(169 comments)posted 2 years ago

Yes we have to put a stop to this hanging out at local corner stores, making deal etc...Because next thing you know we have drive by's and innocent people are getting shot ! Makes it hard when the people in the area want to go to these places just to run in for a few things and cant ! Someone always has to ruin it for others !! What a shame this is the society we live in !!

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