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Selectmen Say Car Wash and Beer a Bad Mix

In a split 2-2 vote, Framingham Selectmen denied a local business the right to expand its convenience store and car wash to include the sale of beer and wine.

Framingham Selectmen said no to the owner of a downtown auto center to sell beer and wine.

In a split 2-2 vote, Framingham Selectmen denied an application from a local convenience store owner to expand his business to include sales of wine and beer. Selectman Laurie Lee was not present at the meeting.

Boris Kanieff was seeking a wine and malt package store license for his business, which is on Hollis Street.

He said the sale of beer and wine would be a convenience for his customers that would be stopping by for an oil change, car wash or gasoline.

Kanieff’s desire was to turn over some of the convenience store space that he now operates to beer and wine sales. The addition of alcohol sales would not mean an expansion to the building or a diminishing of current products that are offered in the convenience store.

“I believe we are saturated with liquor licenses in the area,” said Selectman Dennis Giombetti. “Although I support local businesses and respect what Mr. Kanieff has done in the community, I cannot support this expansion.”

In the general area of Auto Bright there are six or seven outlets that sell beer and wine, according to Selectman Chair Charles Sisitsky.

“He’s done a great job and I’m sympathetic to his needing another revenue stream,” said Sisitsky. “But I don’t understand a need for another license in that area.”

Kanieff said his operation would differ from the other establishments because Auto Bright isn’t a place where people would go specifically to buy beer or wine.

“This would not be a destination,” said Kanieff. “If I wanted a bottle of beer or a bottle of wine, I would not go to Auto Bright.”

Selectman Ginger Esty speaking for approval said in light of all the good Kanieff has done in revitalizing the neighborhood and a long record of being a good businessman and neighbor she would vote for granting the license.

“This citizen has invested more than $1 million in his business and he supports neighborhood projects. He is a good neighbor and will run it responsibly.”

After the vote Tuesday night, Selectmen suggested Kanieff reapply for the license at a future meeting when the board expects to have all members present. 

Jim Rizoli July 26, 2012 at 04:37 AM
This is hard to believe! Imagine wanting to give a gas station an opportunity to sell alcohol to those drivers who want to wet their whistles. Like we don't have enough opportunities for them to do so on that side of town already! I guess some want to keep the people on the South side really liquored up. I think we have enough places for people to drink down there and we should start thinking about the safety of the rest of us. People drink to much anyway, why make it even easier for them to do so, especially when they are driving behind a wheel of an automobile. This is just plain nuts! Jim@ccfiile.com
Joe Rizoli July 27, 2012 at 04:04 AM
  After watching the Selectmens meeting I sat in disbelief at what was said in defense of this gas station. Selectpersons I thought would not want this wanted it and those I certainly thought would not want it were whole hearted for it.   Let's get something straight here about how our Government is supposed to work. Just because a businessman is a good neighbor and well respected doesn't mean he deserves a business to have another wet your whiskers beer and whine stop.   The issue here is a matter of PRINCIPLE and logistics. The neighborhood as was correctly brought out by two Selectpersons, is OVER SATURATED with beer and wine places. I can literally throw a baseball, ok better yet, a golf ball and hit  those who sell beer and wine in that area, at least three I believe. I have a good throwing arm. Plus we have Framingham liquors and the other one by the Columbus Hall.  Isn't it strange Framingham Liquors wasn't there to give opposition, yet, they were opposed to a business opening up on Rte 30 across from the Post Office and next to MacDonalds and Burger King. Why was that? Something is wrong with this picture. This license is pure cronyism if it is given.   We don't need mixing in that neighborhood drinking and driving, sorry to say. The neighborhood is already a hell hole for illegals and they seem to be well stocked, and adding this to the menu is going to add to the problems. What's next for this owner, a strip club?   Joe Rizoli
Rob Penzke July 27, 2012 at 05:35 AM
I tell you this, if he reapplies I will be the first to protest if this passes. Where is the common sense?? Like there aren't enough drunk drivers already. About 3 years ago I almost got hit by a guy driving the on the wrong lane on Rt 135, he was drunk as hell. BTW he wasn't illegal!!
TMM July 27, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Interesting that such a visible, multiple business on a main street has been overlooked by the Assessor's records and assessed as just a car wash.
Jim Rizoli July 27, 2012 at 03:52 PM
George....Boris has friends in high places. Jim@ccfiile.com
Kira Gagarin July 27, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Many states allow alcohol sales at gas stations. I don't see the problem with this. I have bought beer at gas stations many times and I didn't "wet my whiste" while driving. People drink at home/parties/bars and then drive home drunk. I don't think anyone is going to go fill up on gas and chug a 6 pack while in there to get back on the road intoxicated.
Susan Petroni (Editor) July 27, 2012 at 05:07 PM
This is my personal opinion, but I agree with Selectman Giombetti on this issue. There are far too many liquor establishments in South Framingham. I don't think anymore are needed - even if it was just for beer & wine.
Joe Rizoli July 27, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Sorry Kira but really don't have any sensibility for that area of town. You mean well but you are a "Johnny come lately" That side of town is turning into something that may be out if control in a few years by the people "just passing through". The town seems to have let a lot of things go there.  Even the painting of the establishments seems to have gone by the wayside, as is expected when people have no accountability. We don't need spurmoni painted buildings. That area is starting to look like a Brazilian Favala. If the town was consistent in a uniform "look" for buildings on the main st that may bring a bit of sanity to that area, but now it's getting out of control. The north sliders would balk if their beloved Nobscott started to look like an LSD trip. Joe Rizoli
Jim Rizoli July 27, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Let the carnival begin! So we send a message that if you own any type of business downtown, you can put in another one too, completely unrelated. I can see where the south side of town is heading. Actually it's already there. Is there anyone watching to make sure the downtown is not turning into a third world country where building codes don't exist and people pretty much do whatever they want. This is what's happening here. No accountability for what's going in there and the town looks pretty silly. If this is the look you want than good luck to downtown revitalization. You won't see things like this happening in Natick, or Wellesley. Maybe next on the list, Kira are you ready......Lawyers will be making pizza's. Jim@ccfiile.com
Kira Gagarin July 27, 2012 at 06:52 PM
That may be true and would be a valid point for not granting another liquor license in the area...
kl bruzzi July 27, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Kira, yours is the only comment that makes sense. Allowing him to sell beer and wine has absolutely no affect on who is going to drive drunk.
Rob Penzke July 27, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Correct. There are 3 liquor stores less than 1/3 of a mile from the gas station, not even taking into account the mini-markets that sell beer nearby.
Jim Rizoli July 27, 2012 at 07:27 PM
KL....Sounds like you've already had a couple of brewski's with a comment like that. Jim@ccfiile.com

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