at the station and alleges the city knowingly gave the state inaccurate information to ensure a liquor license would not be granted. In large part, a liquor decision is based on the number of police incidents at a property.
“Historically, they have rules and regulations along that street that have dissuaded people from developing there and have prevented businesses from coming there,” says Gregory Allen, Winters’ business partner. “It seems like the city of Portland loses sight of the fact that economic empowerment is what is really going to improve the neighborhood.” If unprofitable, Allen and Winters maintain a shuttered Chevron would join a street already full of abandoned businesses.
It could take up to a year before the lawsuit is settled or goes to trial.