Brochin Opposing Liquor License at Towson Lanes

The state senator sent a letter to the county liquor board chairman voicing his opposition to the license at the bowling alley ahead of a Monday hearing.

State Senator Jim Brochin is siding with the Campus Hills community in it's fight against AMF Towson Lanes obtaining a liquor license.

Campus Hills residents have complained about disruptive activity occuring outside the bowling alley, and are petitioning against the license. An attorney representing Towson Lanes said management has found no evidence supporting the residents' accusations.

Towson Lanes is scheduled for a liquor board hearing on Monday.

Brochin, who represents Towson, sent the following letter to liquor board Chairman Charles Klein on Friday.

Dear Chairman Klein,

I am writing today to express my opposition to the liquor license application for AMF Towson Lanes located at 701 Southwick Dr in Towson.

AMF is located in the heart of a residential neighborhood, Campus Hills, which is a quiet community in Towson made up of 369 post-war era homes with residents of all ages, from very young to senior citizens. AMF is bordered on both sides by residential homes, a community pool behind it, and Cromwell Valley Elementary School nearby. It is my understanding that a bowling area in a residential area or in close proximity to facilities used primarily by children and families has never received a liquor license of this kind.

Additionally, AMF management did not reach out community input prior to the original hearing date, September 10. Moreover, it is my understanding that AMF management was not aware of prior police-related incidents at the location. According to the community resident, neighbors have repeatedly called the bowling alley manager to report issues of crime and violence, and in most cases, their concerns were never addressed.

As the State Senator for this area, I value AMF Towson and its contributions to the community, from jobs to entertainment. However, given the concerns mentioned above, I do not believe granting AMF Towson Lanes a liquor license is in the best interest of the community.



Bart October 21, 2012 at 10:56 AM
I give full support to the community's desires, but if the liquor board does give its approval for the change, it might not be such a bad thing. BYOB is tricky. EVERYBODY who choses to drink will have alcohol with them; a six-pack or a 30-pack, in their car; thus the possibility of drinking in the parking lot and the problems that causes. The establishment has little control over that. If customers must buy their drinks at the bar in the bowling alley, management does have some control over that. Also, there is the increased of the alcohol itself. People might not drink as much because of the cost. I wish you luck.
Steve October 21, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Do you think they get any drunker whether they bring it in or buy it there? This calls for a Pat McDonough press conference. Brochin and McDonough can talk about "those people".
PMM49 October 22, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Don't worry, they can just get the State Police to patrol the parking lot.
M. Sullivan October 22, 2012 at 01:01 PM
What's the difference? You can get just as drunk on either. It's just a matter of volume.
bill jones March 11, 2013 at 12:29 PM
I happen to bowl there in a weekly league and resent the implication of some of the comments. Bowling is a wholesome sport that helps bring a community together. I have never seen criminal or even very unruly conduct. People can get boisterous but that is true in any game or sport. Most bowling alleys that don't have liquor licenses allow the patrons to bring their-these lanes don't.


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