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7:28 am
Tue December 17, 2013

City Objects To Liquor License Renewals, Approves Three Solutions To Parking Problems

Columbus City Council last night formally objected to state renewal of the liquor licenses of 14 local bars and carryouts that officials say drain public safety resources and harm neighborhoods.

It's a vote Council takes each year. One of the establishments is the Charlie Bear Land of Dance club, which moved from North High Street to Olentangy River Road earlier this year. Assistant Columbus city attorney William Sperlazza says there were dozens of alcohol violations, police runs, and a shooting at the club.

Also included is a club called the Red Zone on South Front Street.

Two of the businesses were subject to similar action last year, but officials say the Ohio Liquor Control Commission has yet to make a final ruling. The state requires businesses to renew liquor licenses each year. Council also approved two pieces of legislation designed to help ease parking problems in the Short North and Italian Village. One gives 4 thousand dollars to the Short North Special Improvement District to create signs and print fliers that will direct visitors to legal parking spaces. Sponsoring Council member Eileen Paley says the other piece of legislation does two things.

Council held a public hearing on the legislation last week.