According to Alderman At Large Bruce Desmond, he received so many calls that he went to the Armory and found them using the driveway to prepare food for an event in the main hall.
This issue comes after the Zoning Board of Appeals approved numerous requests for the Armory that included later hours and the option to apply for an all-forms liquor license among others.
The Arts at the Armory requested a continuance at last month's meeting to give them time to conduct their own internal investigation, gather more information and speak to the City Solicitor's Office. Their continuance was granted and there is no indication that the organization will seek another continuance.
The Licensing Commission meeting starts at 6pm on Monday August 19th and is conducted in the TAB building - 167 Holland Street - between Teele and Davis Square. The agenda for the meeting has been posted on the City's website.
The violations that the Armory are accused of violating are as follows:Somerville Licensing Commission Rule 1.05.a(3). Licensees must ensure that their patrons leave the premises in an orderly manner. Licensees who have a clientele that regularly fails to leave the area in a quiet and orderly manner must take appropriate steps which may include a police detail to supervise the leave-taking of the patrons at closing time. Said police detail shall be in addition to, and not instead of, the licensees own personnel;
Somerville Licensing Commission Rule 1.06.e. No outside area may be used as a waiting area or other gathering place for patrons without prior approval by the Commission.
Somerville Licensing Commission Rule 1.09.a. It shall be the obligation of licensees to ensure that a high degree of supervision is exercised over the conduct of the licensed establishment at all times. Each licensee will be held accountable for all violations that are related to the licensed premises to determine whether or not the licensee acted properly in the given circumstances.
Somerville Licensing Commission Rule 1.11.d. No entertainment may take place at a licensed premises and no member of the public may be at the licensed premises except during the hours and days when the Commission has approved the premises to be open to the public. It shall be a violation of the food or beverage license if entertainment is conducted on the premises prior to the opening hour set by the Commission or subsequent to the closing hour set by the Commission for the exercise of the food or beverage license or during any period when the food or beverage license has been suspended.
Somerville Licensing Commission Rule 1.05.e. When any noise, disturbance, misconduct, disorder, act or activity occurs in the licensed premises, or in the area in front of or adjacent to the licensed premises, or in any parking lot provided by the licensee for the use of its patrons, which in the judgment of the Commission adversely affects the protection, health, welfare, safety or repose of the residents of the area in which the licensed premises are located, or results in the licensed premises becoming the focal point for police attention, or is offensive to public decency, the licensee may be held in violation of the license and subject to proceedings for suspension, revocation or modification of the license.
The date of the alleged violations were April 20, 2013 and May 18, 2013