REJECT Club LAX Liquor License
REJECT Club LAX Liquor License
Over the past 5 years, Midtown and Downtown Detroit have been continuing transformation into a diverse, vibrant community. Anchoring an area popular for tourists coming from all over the city and the suburbs, the Grand Circus Park area at Woodward and Adams is home to Comerica Park, the Detroit Opera House, the Fox Theater, the Fillmore Theater, the Detroit Athletic Club, and many restaurants.
The popular Kales Building and Fyfe Building on West Adams are at capacity with waiting lists several months long. Both buildings attract a hard-working, educated population who care about Detroit and support its continued rise. Across the street, Broderick Tower is in mid-construction phase and will be home to over one hundred twenty (120) upscale apartment units in 2012. Also across the street, plans exist to renovate the David Whitney Building into a hotel with over one hundred eight (100) residential units.
This area is friendly to families, tourists, and is in many ways, the “public face” of Detroit. The Fox Theater, Gem Theater, the Fillmore, and the Detroit Opera House attract fans from all over the metropolitan area. People from all over the nation come to Comerica Park and Ford Field for sporting events. Much like New York’s Times Square, for thousands of people who are not familiar with the city, this area may be Detroit’s opportunity to make a grand first impression.
And so we the stakeholders of the city must ask , “Who are we? What kind of values does our community hold? How do we want others to perceive us?”
Club LAX opened this summer using temporary, non-profit, 24-hour liquor licenses in order to operate their club. Please note that this is a nightclub, not a restaurant.
Upon its opening, and throughout the entire duration of its operation:
1. Noise from the patrons’ cars has been so loud that you can hear it from inside the adjacent buildings well past 2 a.m. Though Club LAX may insist that those cars do not belong to their patrons, the cars have mysteriously been absent every night the club was closed. They mysteriously returned every night the club was open,
2. The club itself has music so loud that dishes in the adjacent apartment complex would rattle from the vibration caused by the subwoofers,
3. The sidewalk on the north side of W. Adams was almost impassable to pedestrians because crowds were loitering after exiting the club,
4. Patrons have been publicly urinating on W. Adams,
5. Fistfights have broken out in the street, and
6. Gunshots were fired on the corner of Parks and Adams after an argument ensued.
Although these incidents are not the intention of the club’s proprietors, they are the consequence of the business plan they are choosing to execute. Operating as a nightclub attracts different guests than operating as a restaurant, and LAX has failed to operate in a manner that is welcoming to families, tourists, or even the neighbors who live next door.
A license to sell and serve liquor is a privilege, not a right. Their brazen lack of consideration for their already existing neighbors prior to and during their operation has spoken volumes about how they perceive this neighborhood and their vision for its future. Admittedly, they have recently made efforts to garner community support…but only after a public uproar brought their controversial use of non-profit 24-hour licenses to light and stopped their operation.
Who do we want to be? What kind of values does our community hold? How do we want others to perceive us?
Keep Downtown Detroit Safe for Residents and Visitors:
REJECT Club LAX in their request for a liquor license.