Restrictions set for Club Tequila

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Grand Rapids Board of Zoning Appeals has set several restrictions for a club that faces opposition to reopening.

Owner Roosevelt Tillman has been trying to reopen Club Tequila at 932 S. Division Ave. in Grand Rapids. But he faces opposition from city leaders, police and community members, who say the club previously caused too much trouble in the neighborhood.

Recently, Tillman proposed to the board that the club would only operate Thursday through Sunday, City Planning Director Suzanne Shulz. The board agreed in mid-June, but attached several other strict rules to their approval:

  • The club can only operate Thursday through Sunday and must close by midnight Thursday through Saturday and by 10 p.m. on Sunday night.
  • No more than 300 people can be allowed in the club at any given time.
  • Soundproofing must be added to the club to mitigate potential noise violations in the neighborhood.
  • The parking lot of the club must be repaired and no loitering will be permitted. There must also be a parking management and security plan submitted to the Grand Rapids Police Department.
  • No sales of packaged liquor will be allowed.
  • The club is allowed to operate past the proposed hours listed on four occasions per year for special events.

The City Planning Commission opposed reopening the club, but its decision was overturned by the Board of Zoning Appeals in May.

Meanwhile, Tillman is asking the Michigan Liquor Control Commission to transfer a liquor license from another Club Tequila location to the location he’s planning to reopen. A hearing on that issue is set for later this month.

The Grand Rapids Police Department Vice Unit, which opposes the club’s reopening and wrote a letter to the LCC earlier this year citing problems there, plans to be at that hearing.

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