Envy Lounge has permit for restaurant/bar
by Chuck Hoven

(Plain Press, January 2007) At a November 13th Board of Zoning Appeals (BOZA) hearing Envy Lounge was denied its appeal to expand its use from an existing restaurant/bar to use as a dance club. However, the business at 3132 W. 25th did obtain the proper permits to open as a restaurant/bar in June of 2005, contrary to what was reported in the Plain Press last month.

Elizabeth Kukla of the Cleveland Planning Department reported at the November 13th BOZA hearing that a search of the property records showed that the address was still listed as office space. It now appears that the records had not been properly updated.

David Cooper of the Building and Housing Department produced copies of both a building permit and an occupancy permit for a restaurant/bar for 3132 W. 25th. He said he had not been asked about the records prior to the Board of Zoning Appeals hearing. The permit to do the necessary alterations for a restaurant/bar was issued on April 1, 2005. The Certificate of Occupancy for a first floor restaurant/bar was granted on June 8, 2005, prior to the opening of the facility on June 10th, 2005.

Cooper did express concern about information that Envy Lounge may be operating as a nightclub despite being denied the variance.  On December 6th, almost a month after the variance was denied, Envy Lounge was still listed in the Scene Magazine as having a DJ on Friday and Saturday nights, under Scene’s listings for Hip-Hop. When a variance is denied, according to Cooper, the city assumes the business will follow the law but does follow up to check compliance if a complaint is received.


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