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AMF comes closer to obtaining liquor license

14 November 2012 By Dana Kobilinsky, Staff Writer No Comments
Hours of operation continue to be largest sticking point in debate

The Campus Hill Community Association said at a board meeting Nov. 8 they wish for AMF Towson Lanes, who is in the process of obtaining a liquor license, to limit the timeframe they serve liquor.
The Campus Hills Community Association and its Board of Directors, who represent the 369 homes within the community, feel that the liquor license will bring problems to the community, Andrea Otis said, a Campus Hills Community Association Member.
“We opposed the liquor license application at the hearing last month because of problems in the past experienced at the bowling alley, namely, loitering, littering, excessive noise, and fighting in the parking lot,” she said. “The AMF Towson Lanes is located in the heart of a quiet residential community.”
Otis said she believes that if the bowling alley stops selling liquor at an early hour, there will be less problems in the community.
“We have records of multiple 911 calls from neighbors calling to report things like fighting, loud music and drag racing in the parking lot at times from midnight and later,” she said. “We believe the earlier alcohol is stopped being served, the less likely neighbors are to be disturbed in their sleep and the safer our community will be.”
Baltimore county councilman David Marks said under the current agreement the bowling alley will be able to serve alcohol until 2 a.m.
“I think that’s one of the major problems,” he said. “The community would like this time to be as early as possible. [The bowling alley] proposed 12:30 although [the Campus Hills Community Association] would like it to be midnight.”
The Campus Hills Community Association also proposed that the bowling alley should not sell alcohol until after school gets out, because the bowling alley is close to an elementary school.
Otis believes that if the bowling alley attains a liquor license, there will be other consequences.
“We are concerned if AMF gets a liquor license for this location it could increase traffic and exacerbate some of the issues we have experienced and witnessed in the past,” she said. “Patrons leaving the bowling alley after an evening of drinking could exit through different routes in our neighborhood, putting our families and our property at risk.”
The current rules for the bowling alley allows for league bowlers to bring alcohol into the facility between 6 and 9 p.m., Otis said.
“A liquor license that allows them to start serving as early as 11 a.m. and into the night is very different,” she said.
Otis said that if AMF Towson Lanes were to acquire a liquor license, then they would be under more scrutiny from the community.
“If this location does get the liquor license, their business will be under a microscope by the community and the liquor board,” she said. “Any issues that come up could result in fines and the risk of losing their license.”
Marks said that to end the problems, the bowling alley may have to compromise.
“In my experience, businesses that apply to get liquor licenses generally get them,” Marks said. “I don’t want there to be any issues in the community if this happens.”
AMF Towson Lanes bowling alley will have their liquor license hearing on Nov. 19 at 11 a.m.  Meanwhile, the bowling alley and the Campus Hills Community Association will continue to try to reach an agreement.

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