By Meg Abebe
Several areas within the Lansing community have been identified as potential problems according to former Lansing City Council President Carol woods, Averill Woods Neighborhood Association President Melissa Huber and Lansing Police Department Public Information Officer Robert Merrit.
All of these locations serve alcohol and have been the source of various problems including fights and shootings as well as underage drinking.
Fahrenheit Ultra Lounge & Grille
According to an article on the WILX website, “The club has a history of incidents like that over the years when it was under different management.. .It’s not surprising to hear about shooting over the weekend.”
“Once an area gets labeled in a negative way, it’s very hard to come back from that,” said B.J. Rycus, president of the South Lansing Business Association.
Fahrenheit Ultra Lounge is known for their popular yet crowded parties.
“Well when you over promote an event that has the capacity to only hold 500 people and 1,000 plus show up, you have to put two and two together,” said Wood.
The Firm Lansing and Secrets Night Club
Similar events have occurred at The Firm nightclub located in downtown Lansing. In late 2012, shots were fired outside the club and a bullet struck someone on the sidewalk. The victim was found later. “Officers were unable to locate anyone shooting or getting shot,” said LPD’s Public Information’s Officer Robert Merritt “They did locate some spent (fired) gun shell casings on the sidewalk.”
Just across the street is Secrets Night Club, where reported assaults and altercations have occurred as recent as earlier this year.
“LPD has responded to two assault reports,” Merritt said “I believe as long as alcohol is involved, any business can be subject to potential issues/problems.”
Cozy Food Mart
“Cozy Food Mart, South Waverly, has been one of the main concerns,” said Huber. The liquor store, which is technically located in Eaton Township, has been investigated for selling alcohol to underage customers.
“In the past year, it was the focus of a sting operation using city, county, state and federal forces.” Huber said. However, the owner dismisses the concerns. “They always come,” said XXXX, the Cozy Food Mart’s owner. “We check ID’s every time.”