London’s top bylaw officer says safety is the top priority when it comes to zoning and other regulations as officials shut down an unlicensed club in the city’s east end.
London Police, fire prevention and local health officials teamed up with city-by law officers to inspect a club called “J” Spot Tuesday.
The music venue, which charged admission, was operating in the upper level of a warehouse in an industrial area at 560 Quebec Street.
“We come across these every so often, but the purpose of these multi-agency inspections is to protect the public,” said Chief Municipal Law Enforcement Officer Orest Katolyk.
“We certainly understand that people would like to have fun, but really, safety is paramount.”
The club was found to be in violation of numerous zoning and fire codes.
Katolyk says investigators found evidence of large gatherings, along with alcohol use, smoking, and candles, creating the potential for a tragic situation. The building only had one exit.
“Our focus is public safety, we certainly do not want a repeat of Oakland if we can prevent it,” said Katolyk.
The facility has been given orders not to reopen. According to the city, any person who owns or uses any building in violation of the zoning by-law may be fined a maximum of $25,000 upon first conviction, and $10,000 on subsequent convictions for each day the contravention continues.