Despite objections from the Roanoke City Chief of Police and a Southeast neighborhood organization, the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board has given an initial green light for a Dollar General store to have an alcohol license.

Perkins and the neighborhood group led by Duane Howard have 30 days to request an appeal of the decision.

"I think it's worth looking into the appeals process," said Howard. "I'm going to see if I can find any legal council that might guide us on the possibility of an appeals to explore that avenue."

One of the concerns that the group raised was the number of ABC licenses in the area could contribute to crime, but the ABC board said that notion is unfounded.

Perkins also expressed concerns over the request saying violent crimes tend to increase when alcohol is readily available in certain areas.

The Dollar General is at 1302 Jamison Avenue, near 13th Street.

The request approval does not mean the store will get a license. A spokeswoman for ABC says those who do not agree with the approval can write their concerns to the board.

There is a 30-day window that allows people to oppose the approval.