Illegal club in Belvedere is shut down by the city

April 05, 2006|By LYNN ANDERSON | LYNN ANDERSON,SUN REPORTER

City officials have shut down an illegal nightclub in the basement of the historic Belvedere Hotel in an effort to put an end to noise and other illegal activities that have bothered condominium residents of the building for several years.

Officials revoked the occupancy permit for Sammy Hyun Paik, owner of the basement space, and his partner, Louis L. Wood, on Friday, said David Tillman, a spokesman for the city Department of Housing and Community Development. The city has filed criminal charges against Paik and civil charges against his company in connection with the illegal club. A hearing on those charges has been set for April 21 in Baltimore City District Court.

Tillman said city officials decided to proceed with the revocation because of recent zoning violations and police raids in the basement space. A zoning violation notice was posted at the club March 9, and police have arrested Paik once and Wood twice on charges of operating an illegal "bottle club," which allows patrons to bring in alcohol. Authorities said that Paik and Wood did not have a license for a bottle club.

Paik and Wood appeared at the John R. Hargrove Sr. District Court & Multi-Service Center yesterday to answer the criminal charges against them, but the hearing was postponed at the request of their attorney, Melvin Kodenski. A new trial date was set for May 26.

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