Lloyd Peterson isn’t giving up his fight to keep a music and entertainment venue out of his neighborhood.
Peterson, who lives in the Madison Apartments on Ellis Street, has been an outspoken opponent of the adjacent Revelry.
After the city council supported a primary application for spirits On Tuesday, over his objections, Peterson is threatening to file a lawsuit to have that decision overturned.
While the council approved the primary liquor license, the ultimate authority to approve any license rests solely with the Department of Liquor and Cannabis Regulation.
He has started one GoFundMe campaign hoping to raise $25,000 for a legal challenge to stop Revelry.
Peterson claims Revelry is nothing more than a nightclub that will bring problems common to clubs on Lawrence and Leon avenues to his neighborhood. Problems such as noise, public intoxication and urination.
He is worried about what will happen when up to 685 people who have been drinking all night roll onto the street at
Peterson chastised the council for their “lack of due diligence and disregard for the property owner’s ‘right to quiet enjoyment’ of their home.”
He says the decision should be overturned due to possible “negligence, breach of fiduciary duty of the mayor and council and failure to comply with due process among other issues.”
Peterson and Revelry owner Lee Simon disagree about what Revelry is.
While Peterson refers to it as a nightclub, Simon calls it a music and entertainment venue.
Simon says the venue is unique in that it will be open all day as a cafe, available for meetings and presentations with a full kitchen and beverage service, and will allow for live music on some evenings.
He also says that the focus during evening shows will be more on food than alcohol.
As support for the project has come. Luke Stack said this week the operation is a perfect fit for the neighborhood.
“I think most people realize that this is a very active and vibrant area and it seems to be attracting a lot of housing,” Stack said.
“I think this strengthens our cultural district, and probably some of the reasons we’re seeing some of the residential construction come into the area to enjoy it.”
There is no indication when the provincial LCRB will rule on the Revelry liquor license application.