Columbus City Attorney seeks to shut down ‘true menace to the Short North community’


LETTER CAME FROM. KATIE: THE OWNER OF A SHORT NORTH CARRYOUT HAS A DATE IN COURT TOMORROW WITH THE CITY OF COLUMBUS. CITY ATTORNEY ZACH KLEIN SAYS THE HIGH-5 CARRYOUT IS A PUBLIC NUISANCE AND NEEDS TO BE SHUT DOWN. AS NBC 4 REPORTER TED HART EXPLAINS – OTHER LOCAL BUSINESS OWNERS IN THE AREA SUPPORT THE CITY’S MOVE. TED HART: “THE CITY SAYS POLICE HAVE RESPONDED TO THE AREA AROUND THE HIGH 5 CARRYOUT CLOSE TO 150 TIMES OVER THE PAST YEAR AND A HALF. FIGHTS, PUBLIC INTOXICATION, ASSAULTS… AND SEVERAL SURROUNDING BUSINSSES AND NOW THE CITY ATTORNEY SAY – ENOUGH IS ENOUGH” NAME: “ITS A BIG HINDERENCE FOR THE BUSINESS.” EUGENE FLEMING AND CECIL HEYMAN WORK AT THE TOBACCO SHOP TWO DOORS DOWN AND SAY THE PANHANDLERS AND HOMELESS GATHER AROUND THE CARRYOUT…FOR ONE PRODUCT IN PARTICULAR… : “THIS IS THE ONLY PLACE BESIDE KROGER YOU CAN GO IN AND BUY A DOLLAR BEER IN THE SHORT NORTH. NOW.” NAME: “AND THE ATTRACTION IS THE DOLLAR BEERS. YUP.” AND EVEN AS KAREEM JOHNSON AND OTHERS WERE BUYING UP THE BEERS TODAY – THE BEER DISTRIBUTOR WAS DELIVERING DOLLY AND DOLLY AND DOLLY FULL OF THE ONE DOLLAR TALL BOYS. THE CITY SAYS IT WARNED THE OWNER REPEATEDLY ABOUT EVIDENCE OF UNDERAGE SALES OF ALCOHOL, PERSISTENT CRIMINAL ACTIVITY AND VIOLATIONS OF HEALTH AND FIRE REGULATIONS. NOW THE CITY WANTS A COURT ORDER TO SHUT IT DOWN. BUSINESS OWNERS NEARBY SAY THE AGGRESSIVE PANHANDLING FOR BEER MONEY OUTSIDE THE STORE IS CAUSING SOME OF THEIR POTENTIAL CUSTOMER TO AVOID THE AREA… EUGENE FLEMING, MANAGER, THE JOINT: “WHEN THEY TELL YOU OH I WAS GOING TO COME IN BUT I SEEN A CROWD OF GUYS AND I JUST KEPT GOING….THATS A CUSTOMER THAT WE LOST, WHY, JUST BECAUSE THE AREA. ITS A PROBLEM, DEFINITELY A PROBLEM.” LACEY THOMPSON,OWNER OF THE GARDEN, SAYS FOR AN AREA THAT HAS HAD SO MANY GOOD THINGS HAPPEN OVER THE PAST 20 YEARS … THIS SITUATION IS BRINGING IT DOWN… LACEY THOMPSON, OWNER, THE GARDEN: “WE’RE LOSING BUSINESS, PEOPLE ARE AFRAID TO GET OUT OF THEIR CARS, I HAVE CUSTOMERS THAT HAVE TO BE WALKED TO THEIR CARS – IN BROAD DAYLIGHT,” TED HART: “THE OWNER OF THE CARRYOUT DECLINED RO GO ON CAMERA BUT SAID HE SHOULDNT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT CUSTOMERS DO AFTER THEY LEAVE HIS STORE. HE SAID IF THE CITY SHUTS HIM DOWN, ALL THOSE NEAR DO WELLS WILL SIMPLY MOVE UP HIGH STREET TO THE NEXT CLOSEST CARRYOUT. LOCAL FOR YOU

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