City responds to complaints about nightclub

City responds to complaints about nightclub

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by RAD BERKY / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on September 13, 2013 at 11:16 PM

Updated Saturday, Sep 14 at 11:04 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Club 935 is open Thursday through Saturday from 11 p.m. until 2 a.m. -- just nine hours a week -- but some neighbors said those nine hours lead to nothing but trouble and problems in the area.

Last February a 24-year-old man was shot in the parking lot of the club located on Summit Avenue.

NBC Charlotte checked police reports and found there have been 107 calls for service at the club since the beginning of this year.

There were so many complaints from residents of the Wesley Heights neighborhood, where the club is located, that the Charlotte City Council asked for a report on the situation from the City Manager’s Office.

The report is a mix of good and bad.

It said, “Comparison of the five month period from April 1 – September 4, 2013 with the previous five months shows a decrease of twelve reported crimes.”

However, the report, written by Eric Campbell in the City Manager’s Office, goes on to say, “Armed robbery and aggravated assault with a gun have increased.”

Ashley Tillman, who lives up the street from the club, is in her twenties, about the age of most of the club-goers.

“No, I don’t go to the club but from my understanding from my peers, it is a nice club. But sometimes, you know, things go wrong,” said Tillman.

The report said parking in the area has also been negatively impacted by the club. Businesses in the area do not allow clubbers to park in their lots, so many are forced to find spots on the streets in the neighborhood.

The report also noted that the club now hires anywhere from eight to 10 off-duty police officers to provide security each night and some neighbors said that has helped.

“Now that I see a lot of police down there on a Thursday night and on the weekend, I feel safer about the club being down there,” Tillman said.

NBC Charlotte was not able to contact anyone from the club for a comment Friday night.

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