Mixed opinions linger over new Westfield liquor store, gas station

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WESTFIELD, Ind. (Oct. 24, 2014) - Neighborhood pushback couldn't stop construction on a new liquor store and gas station in Westfield.

The new 21st Amendment liquor store and soon-to-be Ricker's gas station are located right across the street from a church and next to a subdivision.

The development is taking place at 146th Street and Carey Road. The liquor store is already open and the gas station has "now hiring" signs posted outside.

The Carmel Seventh Day Adventist Church has been a vocal opponent of the project. Church leaders want to see the city of Westfield take up zoning restrictions for liquor stores.

"So all I could do at that time was express my disappointment that they had no ordinance restricting how close a liquor store could be to a church, a school," said Vialo Weis, with the Indiana Conference of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

A brick dividing wall separates the Brentwood Village neighborhood from the liquor store parking lot. The neighborhood association attended many hearings about the project over a span of several years. The association was able to work with the city to restrict hours for the gas station.

"We have to live with it, it's there that's not going to change," said Rob Ginder, treasurer of the Brentwood Village Property Owners Association. "Again we'd all prefer not to have anything there other than residential with what they're putting in there it could be a lot worse."