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By Katie Lannan

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, JAN. 9, 2018.....Five years from now, visitors to Brookline could have their choice of six new hotels to stay in, but they might not be able to find a spot to get a drink without a change to state law, according to a municipal official.

Francisco Torres, the town's long-term planner, asked lawmakers Tuesday to sign off on 40 new liquor licenses for the nearly seven-square-mile community, pointing to the impending lodging building boom.

"We're experiencing change in Brookline, with more building permits being pulled than in previous years, adding to development in the town of Brookline," he told the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure. "Specifically, these permits include hotels, three which we anticipate will be done within the next year to year and a half, and an additional three that we anticipate will be done in the next five years. These hotels increase the demand for services -- travelers and tourists visiting Brookline -- including dining options, and in 2017 we issued our final liquor license. You can imagine how this will impact economic development in the town of Brookline."

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