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