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Hamtramck can’t afford to turn off businesses

We don’t get it.
There are certain city officials who think nothing of rejecting certain businesses.
First, there was whether to allow marijuana facilities to operate here, and now, whether to allow a brewery to open.
Hamtramck needs businesses, and both of these types of operations are legal. Hamtramck desperately needs to expand its tax base.
And now that it appears we are tail-spinning into a national recession — or worse – the city can ill afford to be so picky. By the time we come out of this pandemic quarantine, we’re going to be lucky if any business is able to survive.
Don’t be surprised to see a number of our independent businesses close up permanently.
We are in a serious financial decline because of the pandemic, and by all accounts, it appears the virus sweeping the globe is not yet done.
You may not agree that allowing the sale of alcohol and marijuana are desirable, but you do not have the right to prevent others from enjoying those legal products.
If you don’t like alcohol or marijuana, then don’t consume it.
It appears a proposed brewery to be located in a now-vacant building on Jos. Campau will go forward in its licensing process. It was embarrassing to hear one city councilmember reject the proposal on the grounds that the city has enough of those “types” of operations.
Breweries are a popular business in the metro region, and having one locate in Hamtramck will help expand our dining and entertainment offerings.
In other words, it’s something that will attract visitors who will come here and spend money.
It also means that a vacant building in the city’s main shopping district will get put back into use.
That’s a win for everybody.
Posted May 29, 2020

3 Responses to Hamtramck can’t afford to turn off businesses

  1. Nasr Hussain

    May 29, 2020 at 7:37 pm

    The issue used to be medical marijuana where proponents tried go guilt us to consider the “plight” of patients. Now the bar has been raised to “marijuana” in general.

    From a financial standpoint marijuana facilities will cause the city to lose more money that they might generate in revenues whether it’s in the lawsuits from licensing process discrimination claims or the increase in crime.

    Imagine what well happen when they are added to the mix with an understaffed police dept.

    Also the amount of money generate is very, very small which will not make even a small dent in the city’s budget as the proponents want us to believe.

    All well run cities in Hamtramck have opted out from the marijuana business for a reason. Take a cue from them.

    Also in this delivery age, I doubt that it’s very hard for people who want it to get right to their doorsteps.

  2. Resident

    May 31, 2020 at 5:35 pm

    “It appears a proposed brewery to be located in a now-vacant building on Jos. Campau will go forward in its licensing process.”

    What seems to be the problem?

    Brewary is indeed a good business. This resident hopes there are more of these in Hamtramck.

    -Resident

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