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Petition circulating to allow alcohol sales in NLR neighborhood

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Alcohol sales in Pulaski County may be legal, but one small neighborhood in North Little Rock is the exception to the rule, a proposal has been made to change it.

Wedged between the interstate and McCain along JFK boulevard is North Little Rock's Park Hill Neighborhood, a historic section of town known as North Little Rock's first planned suburban development. Residents in this area have mixed reactions to a proposal to change their local laws from wet to dry. Some are welcoming alcohol sales, but others are worries about the impact on the community.

"You can see how small the pocket is, compared to all North Little Rock, of what we're dealing with," said Chamber president Terry Hartwick.

Park Hill isn't a major population center, but it's the only dry neighborhood left, and some local business owners are trying to change that.

"You see all over the state that dry counties are going wet, and so it's kind of a natural progression I think in the Park Hill area," Lindy Lanford, owner of the Bridal Cottage said.

A petition is circulating calling for a special election to allow residents to vote on making Park Hill wet.

"I see nothing negative. There's gonna be people against anything, but my job is to create jobs, sales tax, revitalization, and that's what I see happening," added Hartwick.

Others said allowing alcohol sales would hurt the integrity and close-knit feel of the Park Hill community.

"There's families everywhere. There's kids everywhere. Now that we put it that way, I don't think I would want that brought into this neighborhood," said Park Hill resident Sarah Elmore.

This proposal will not allow liquor stores. The vote only affects restaurants and gas stations.