Stood Up By Studio B
Last night Community Board 1 conducted their monthly meeting at the “Swing 60’s Community Center”. Among the (numerous) items to be discussed (READ: open to public soap boxing) was Studio B’s application for a cabaret license. Sadly, this did not come to pass. I was told their application had been withdrawn from the hearing.
Maybe this is why? It would appear that Studio B was visited by the Department of Buildings last week. Click on the above image and read for yourself. But I realize many of you are too busy (trust me, I understand) so here is the rundown:
- On April 16, 2008 Studio B was served a Stop Work Order for “interior sheet rock part wall erected to create bar at second floor w/out permit.”
- Instead of complying with said Stop Work Order they ripped the notice off the door and continued working, hence this glorious citation less than a week later.
- Studio B keeps on working, publicizing their rooftop garden and opens it on schedule, with predictable results.
- And now this, the piece de resistance, dating from June 4, 2008:
Re: SWO ISSUED FOR WORK WITHOUT PERMIT AT 2ND FL.REPORTS ARESAYING WORK HAS BEEN COMPLETE AND IS BEING ILLEGALLY OCCUPIED AS ACABARET C/O STATES 2ND FL TO BE UNOCCUPIED, PLEASE INVESTIGATE
The “Emergency Response Team” was called in. Here are their findings, copied and pasted from the Department of Buildings web site:
06/05/2008 A1 VIOLATION SERVED 1760 MILLS 06/04/2008 ECB VIOLATION ISSUED FOR APPROVED PA PLANS NOT AVAILABLE FOR INSPECTION 06/05/2008 G4 COMPLAINT REFERRED TO DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS 1760 MILLS 06/04/2008 REFER TO CONSUMER AFFAIRS IS REFERRED TO CONSUMER AFFAIR
Passing the buck. On the upshot, maybe the D.C.A. will do what the Department of Buildings has been unable or unwilling to do: enforce the law.