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Public Safety & Quality of Life

251 WEST 30TH STREET “Club Rebel”, application for renewal of the on-premises liquor license

WHEREAS, SCB Entertainment, LLC (Steven Ballinger) has notified Community Board Five (CB5) of a renewal request to the SLA for the on-premises liquor license for the premises at 251 West 30th Street; and

WHEREAS, SCB Entertainment failed to notify CB5 of their renewal in 2006 (as required by the ABC Law) and in January of 2007, CB5 wrote a letter (attached) to the SLA requesting revocation of SCB Entertainment, LLC's on-premises liquor license and also requested that a proscription be placed on the issuance of further liquor licenses at this location (251 West 30th Street) for reasons enumerated in the letter; and

WHEREAS, Information outlined in the January 2007 letter regarding the negative impact of this club on the residential community continues to be true as was brought to the attention of the Public Safety/Quality of Life Committee, at their November 2008 meeting, by residents in attendance and by way of emails; and

WHEREAS, The method of operation, as stated in the attached document i.e., "SUBMISSION TO COMMUNITY BOARD 5 BY SCB…" by Mr. Ballinger when he first applied for the transfer in 2004, continues to be in complete opposition to the actual operation of the premises; and

WHEREAS, In 2004, CB5 was also assured by Mr. Ballinger that the total number of occupants (390) on all three floors "would not be abused or changed," however in March of 2007 he requested and was granted a temporary CofO by the Buildings Department to increase the first floor from 77 to 427 (an increase of 350 people); and

WHEREAS, There have been police reports of altercations (gunshots, stabbings) involving patrons from the club on 30th Street; and

WHEREAS, The bait and switch tactics, poor operating record, poor character, and generally being a poor neighbor to those within the CB5 community, evidence SCB Entertainment, LLC's and Steven Ballinger's disregard for their commitments to the community and CB5 as stated in documents submitted to the Board; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends denial of the renewal and requests revocation of the on-premises liquor license for SCB Entertainment, LLC, for the premises located at 251 West 30th Street, New York, NY. and be it further

RESOLVED, Community Board Five urges the SLA to proscribe the issuance of further liquor licenses at the location of 251 West 30th Street, NY, NY.

The above resolution passed by a vote of 24 in favor; 0 opposed; 2 abstaining.

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