Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard says Plush Nightclub is having its license to operate revoked beginning tonight. YNN's Mike Hedeen has more on the story.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Sheppard says Plush has been operating on a conditional license since last year. That license was issued following a stabbing death outside the establishment in early 2012.
Those conditions dictated the number of security personnel it employed and the number of events held at the club.
The chief pointed to incidents early Thanksgiving morning where four people were shot and other disturbances at closing time this past weekend as keys in this decision.
"They have due process and they can challenge our revocation but that will take time as well. Some things you can do, based on our discussions, we may say a conditional license can be re-issued but at this point in time that is not the case," said James Sheppard, Rochester Police Chief.
Residents living in the St. Paul Quarter have been vocal in recent days regarding early morning problems outside the club. Sheppard says Police listened to those concerns.
"What occurred on Thanksgiving eve, and I think what occurred on December 1st, we were pretty much at this place anyway. The community has reached out to us, we heard their voice but that was not the deciding factor in us making this determination," Sheppard added.
With its license now revoked, Sheppard doesn't expect Plush to open illegally, however; patrols will be posted outside the club to ensure it remains closed.
Saint Paul Quarter Neighborhood Association Statement
We heard complaints about the club in the past couple weeks from Saint Paul Street residents.
The Saint Paul Quarter Neighborhood Association said Tuesday that it's thankful police are shutting down Plush.
They added in a statement quote, "We would like to thank all who supported us and help work for this outcome. The neighborhood is breathing a collective sigh of relief as they contemplate an improved quality of life in downtown Rochester."