By a vote of 14-0-1, the Common Council Tuesday approved the recommendation of the Licenses Committee to deny a food seller licence for the Dollar Tree at 2303 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Dr.
“Today’s Council action is a victory for neighbors who have been opposed to the Dollar Tree from the beginning at that location because of the detrimental impact on the neighborhood (litter, traffic, noice, etc.),” said Alderwoman Milele Coggs in a statement following the Council vote.
Coggs, who has been an ardent opponent of the Dollar Tree since it was revealed that the building’s owner, Anup “Andy” Khullar, would put a dollar store instead of a full-service food store as he first promised to do.
“I have supported the neighbors’ position on this location from the start, and during a public meeting I hosted last month it was abundantly evident that the Dollar Tree was not supported (and that clear message was also conveyed to the owner of the property).
The alderwoman abstained from voting in the full Council because she serves as vice chair of the Licenses Committee.
Coggs added the Dollar Tree would also have been inconsistant with Bronzeville, the city’s African American arts, cultural and entertainment district.
“For residents, I believe they can look to the example set by the Bronzeville area neighbors as an excellent approach to civic engagement.
“The neighbors attended p u b l i c meetings (including the Licenses Committee meeting at City Hall) and presented their arguments against the food license, the committee and the Council agreed with them, and in the end they achieved the results they were looking for.”