ATLANTIC CITY — A community meeting slated for Tuesday night aims to bring residents, business owners and city officials together to continue a conversation about some of the negative impacts stores have had in a handful of resort neighborhoods.
The public meeting, which will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in council chambers inside City Hall, 1301 Bacharach Boulevard, is a follow-up to a ”Listening Session” held during the summer, according to a news release from Third Ward Councilman Kaleem Shabazz.
At the July 26 meeting, “several residents raised concerns about public safety and quality of life issues in areas surrounding neighborhood stores,” in the West Side, Uptown, Bungalow Park and Chelsea neighborhoods, said Shabazz, who is also the chairman of the council’s Planning and Development Committee.
Those issues include loitering and other alleged criminal activity, Shabazz said during a phone interview Saturday, but store owners attending the meeting will learn how to address those issues in a comprehensive way.
“The purpose of the meeting is to respond to the important issues raised during the summer and open a line of communication between the community and store owners to help resolve these issues,” Shabazz said.
Members of the Atlantic City Police Department, the city’s Licensing and Inspections Department and Division of Code Enforcement will also attend the meeting, according to the release.
“We want them to understand that the council wants to help," Shabazz said. "We want the residents to have a better quality of life and we want the store owners to do good business.”