The Marion County Alcohol Beverage Board on Monday voted unanimously to deny the liquor license renewal of a near-east side club that prompted dozens of police runs last year.
Club Industry, also known as The Event Set, at 416 E. Wabash St., has long been the subject of complaints from neighbors.
The club, owned by David Hohman, has faced complaints of excessive trash, noise, gunfire and drug use for several years.
"If I didn't feel safe for myself or my employees or patrons, I'd be the first to walk out the door and lock the doors," Hohman said.
Attorney Andi Metzel represented the nightclub.
"I don't think that the decision today follows the law. I would hope if my client chooses to appeal that we're successful in that process," Metzel said.
Indianapolis police, Indianapolis Downtown Inc. and a consortium of eight nearby neighborhood associations opposed the license renewal.
Police said that in 2011, there were 32 police runs to the club, resulting in 20 arrests. The police runs involved fights, public intoxication, shots fired and driving while under the influence complaints.
"It became common to find liquor bottles, club promotion paraphernalia, even a pair of women's underwear littering the yards and the streets in the morning," said Sgt. William Carter.
In the previous three years, police had been called to the building nine times.
Videos that were purportedly taken inside the club depicted nudity, RTV6's Jack Rinehart
reported. Nudity is not permitted at a business inside the downtown district, other than at the Red Garter, which was grandfathered under the regulation.
Videos that were taken during Super Bowl weekend depicted apparent drug use and fighting inside the club.
Residents in the area also have reservations about the nightclub's presence in the neighborhood.
"We discovered a leak in our roof and called a contractor out. And sure enough, it was a bullet that had penetrated the roof of our condo," said resident Mary Hubner.
The Marion County Alcohol Beverage Board's decision was only a recommendation. The final decision rests with the State Alcohol and Tobacco Commission.
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