Krush Night Club had first deleterious impact hearing

Date: 
06/29/2012
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Krush with no signage

Carey Weiman's Krush Night Club, 1675 N. Elston Ave., had it's first Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) hearing, relative to the Deleterious/Public Nuisance Impact Ordinance, on Tues., June 26 in City Hall.

Present were all of the businesses around the club, except for one due to short staffing; residents; people supporting the club; the police; and 32nd Ward Alderman Scott Waguespack.

According to Weiman*, this was a "community meeting" not a hearing. Alderman Waguespack has confirmed that there is a community agreement from earlier in the year and that has not been adhered to.

Located in the Protected Manufacturing District (PMD) along Elston, Krush (formerly known as the Prop House), which has a 4 a.m. liquor license, has been a problem for businesses, residents, the police and the alderman for several years. Issues have ranged from graffiti to shootings, deaths, property damage, thefts, concerns for the safety of business staff and property.

According to Dan Blue, a local resident, he signed their first liquor license because Weiman told him they were going to be doing private parties and be a local venue. "For the first 18 months it was great. Then things changed.

"They have an inside capacity for 610 and an outside capacity for 300. They charge $10 to $15 to get in and ten bucks per mini cocktail. They say that their security people are County Sheriff officers but I am fairly certain they are not. It has become a nightmare."

Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) Council began working on getting the Elston Corridor PMD established in 1991. According to LEED's Economic Development Director Mike Holzer, complaints about Weiman's business date back to 1992 when Weiman wanted his club grandfathered into the Elston Corridor District and given a Public Place of Amusement License. (The business was grandfathered in and did obtain the Amusement License.)

The behavior and marketing of Krush have not changed since Concept Laboratories moved into the area in 1996, says Steve Sands, one of Concepts founders. "At the hearing this week, Mrs. Weiman asked me, 'What do you care (about Krush), it doesn't impact you, your life or business?'

"I believe what happens there, reflects on all of us. Criminal, anti social behavior is not ok in our area. What other area would tolerate this situation?  If it was about one specific incident or another, that would be one thing. But, this has been done over 20 years -- creating an atmosphere in the neighborhood that is frankly not acceptable, not tolerable."

Sergeant Giambrone, 14th Police District, reported on high number of calls and incidents regarding the club. According to the Alderman, when Weiman was asked specifics about his club during the hearing, "He could not answer how many cameras he has, how many security guards or what their duties are. That is all after he agreed in a community event to do a list of things. He was not prepared for the hearing."

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Krush as pictured with a sign before

"I'm glad that we have started a dialogue," said Weiman. He indicated that he is a LEED member and that he is sorry businesses have not talked to him about these problems before.

"We are going to change everything." When asked whether that included the name, since it was reported that the name had been taken off the building. He said, "No and the sign was not taken down." (The photo above was taken within one and a half hours of our conversation. The "Before" photo shows the building with the sign.)

Several hearing attendees reported that Emil Jones III said that it was obvious that the way everyone is going after Weiman, "...is a racist thing." (While Weiman is white, his clients for at least one night that the club is "open to the public" are predominantly African Americans.)

Assistant Commissioner Barbara Gressel who presided over the hearing is reported to have said that the extreme number of vehicle break-ins in Krush's parking lot either indicated that the security people were not competent or they were the ones doing the break-ins.

At the end of the meeting Gressel listed eight items which are to be complied with by the time of their second hearing on Aug. 21 at 10 a.m. in City Hall. They are:

  • Increase security personnel in and outside the club
  • Increase security cameras outside the club
  • Post No Loitering signs
  • Maintain a 911 call log
  • Provide a phone number that will be located on the premises where callers can reach a person
  • Adopt a zero tolerance policy for intoxicated customers
  • Investigate safety training for staff
  • Mr. Weiman is to participate in a monthly meeting with 32nd Ward Alderman Scott Waguespack  

In the conversation with Weiman, he indicated that unlike most or all of his business neighbors, he is the only one who lives within a mile of his residence. His children go to school in the area and he would not want the area unsafe. "At great cost, I have paid for a lot of security."

Furthermore, he believes people do not know that he has 100s of events, many of which are for charity, over the last 24 years. They are held at various times of the day, not necessarily at night.

*Mr. Weiman returned my call Friday evening after this story was written. I am, therefore, putting his statements interspersed with the information from those who were at the hearing.

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This guy Weiman has been a

This guy Weiman has been a douche for YEARS. Maybe he'll just go away.

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