Updated: 07/10/2014 5:42 PM
Created: 07/10/2014 5:34 PM WHEC.com
By: Brett Davidsen
Two days after the mayor said she wanted to close down Captain’s Attic, a police camera and fencing are going up across the street from the nightclub.
Captain’s Attic on Charlotte Street has been targeted for closure by the mayor after a number of violent incidents and disturbances. News10NBC is still waiting to learn if the owner of the bar plans to fight the efforts to shut him down.
On Charlotte Street, directly across the road from Captain’s Attic, they are putting up a fence in an empty lot owned by the city of Rochester. Until now, it is routinely been used by patrons of the nightclub for parking. It might seem like another example of the city turning the screws to the troubled club. Mayor Lovely Warren says it is just a coincidence.
Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said, "It doesn't have anything to do with Captain's Attic or anything that we're doing with them. We had already planned to do that just because of other things that we have heard in the area about parking and some people being ticketed and other things."
Also new to the empty lot is a police camera, which is pointed directly in the direction of the bar. Mayor Lovely Warren says that is also not related to the city’s efforts to close the club.
Earlier this week, the city law department filed a petition to try to force the permanent closure of Captain’s Attic based on its nuisance abatement code. The bar has been the subject of several disturbances since it opened last year. Most recently, gunshots were fired outside the club last weekend.
For the owner of the bar, the legal pressure may be building. The New York State Liquor Authority has brought a charge against Captain's Attic for serving patrons after hours. The mayor says the city is also now going after the club's ability to have live entertainment.
Mayor Lovely Warren said, “The chief of police has already revoked, temporarily, the entertainment license. However, of course, with everything, you have to give due process and right now, we're in that due process period. They have ten days to respond."
News10NBC did reach out to the attorney for Captain's Attic, but we did not hear back from her. Mayor Warren says they have not heard a response from their petition to close down Captain's Attic or about the entertainment license.