Trailer on Holland housing 'domino hall,' owner says
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 12:00 AM
After a Holland Avenue liquor store was granted verbal permission to erect a storage facility on-site, the mayor and other officials said they were surprised to learn a domino hall has been opened in a trailer instead.
Owners of O'Neil's Philadelphia Superette, at 1006 Holland Ave., last year renovated their store to make way for a liquor store, including the addition of a separate front entrance.
Prior to the liquor store opening, building official Jay Eakes asked the Mayor and Board of Aldermen to grant owners Judy and Stanley O'Neil permission to erect a storage facility on-site.
The action did not require the Board of Aldermen to set a hearing for public comment on the matter nor did it require that a variance be granted, Eakes said.
O'Neils needed the facility to store stock for their convenience store, such as drinks, water, etc., Eakes said.
Judy O'Neil said on Friday that the nearby trailer was being used as a domino hall, however.
Mayor James Young said the owner requested permission to place a storage building on the property and not a domino hall.
There was never any discussion about a domino hall, he said.
"It was to store supplies. That is what it was to be used for," he said. "We did not know at the time that it would look like it does."
Young said the owners had made improvements to the trailer in recent days.
"He has added the skirting. He has upgraded it," he said.
Eakes said because the facility was on commercial property in a floodway, the state required it to be elevated from the ground.
"He couldn't build a building on the lot because of the floodway," Eakes said.
"It has to be where water can flow back under it. It also has to be something that you can move out of there should there be a need to do construction work on the ditch."
City Board Attorney Robert Thomas said the owner cleared it with the Mayor and Board of Aldermen that "it would be a storage building."
Russell Hanna, with Mississippi Alcoholic Beverage Control, said Friday that stores in general could not house alcohol in a separate building without prior approval.
"We have a regulation that addresses off-site storage," he said.
An example, he said, would be for a liquor store owner to rent a trailer to temporarily house alcohol while remodeling.
"It is not because your building is too small," he said.
When asked if the trailer would be allowed to remain on the property, Young said, "It's there.
"This is one of those reasons why we are taking our time to make sure we look at every process from here on out.
"We want to make sure we know what it looks like visually before we say yes."