SmithAmundsen’s real estate team obtained a conditional use for the operation of a convenience store and liquor store. Prior to our engagement client was denied a conditional use permit by city’s Board of Aldermen and was subject to obligations to pay rent under a 5 year lease that was not contingent upon obtaining all required permits, including the conditional use permit. We negotiated a stay of rent with landlord and reapplied for a conditional use permit. We represented client at all public hearings against significant public opposition which included petitions containing over 250 signatures in opposition. We presented detailed factual analysis regarding the neighborhood, traffic and sales activities of other liquor stores in the city to support the argument that the criteria for granting the permit were met.