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Public Safety & Quality of Life

37 west 17th street (between Fifth and Sixth avenues), Flats Avalon Iron Group Inc. (d/b/a "Retreat"), application for the renewal of an on premises liquor license

WHEREAS, The applicant, FLATS AVALON IRON GROUP INC. (d/b/a "Retreat"), has notified Community Board Five of its intent to renew an on premises liquor license for a bar/lounge located at 37 West 17th Street;

WHEREAS, The premises is comprised of 1475 square feet of space on two floors; and

WHEREAS, The premises currently has a legal capacity of 74 patrons, but we have received complaints that crowds far exceeding legal capacity are routinely observed entering and leaving the Premises; and

WHEREAS, Numerous neighboring residents testified with complaints of overcrowding, overflow of clientele into the street and sidewalk, violence, and general mayhem surrounding the operation of the Premises; and

WHEREAS, Testimony was given that the Applicant is not in control of the Premises but rather sublets the space to various promoters who operate the Premises; and

WHEREAS, As further evidence of the Applicant's disregard for its responsibility regarding this operation, despite repeated requests for the Applicant to appear at the January 26, 2011 meeting of the Public Safety and Quality of Life Committee meeting, the Applicant failed to appear or send a representative to address these issues or answer any of our questions; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends DENIAL of the application by FLATS AVALON IRON GROUP INC. for renewal of an on-premises liquor license at 37 West 17th Street; and be it further

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five requests special enforcement action by the State Liquor Authority to abate the nuisance caused to the community by this licensed operation.

The above resolution passed by a vote of 36 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining.

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