Councilor Mansfield explained the reasons for the denial. "One, they didn't get the proper zoning in the first place before building out. When they went to build out they did not obtain building permits to do so. The city issued a stop work order. They disregarded that and kept on building."
Mansfield says there were fire code violations, page after page of police reports detailing incidents at or related to the Savoy, and then the issue of a petition of support. The Savoy submitted a petition listing support and signatures from nearby businesses, including Le Peep, Bread of Life Bakery, Athens on 86th, MCL cafeteria and deli, and Brebeuf Prepatory School.
Mansfield says something just wasn't right. "Well we thought that was kind of odd. We couldn't figure out why a school would support a nightclub and one of the neighbors went to various businesses. And what we discovered was it was a fraudulent petition."
The "petition" was full of misspelled signatures and made up employee's names. Mansfield points to this and other documents of complaint to dispute some claims that racism played a factor in the board's decision.
"Individuals who think that might be an issue," she said, "go look at the law enforcement reports. They pretty much stand on their own."
The facts of the Savoy dance club are identical to 300 East in the Julia Carson Government Center where Savoy owner Bill Mays is also a principal investor. They proceeded to build the dance club without the proper zoning approval. No building permits were obtained. The city issued a stop work order. And they ignored the city's stop work order! Even worse, Mansfield found that the Savoy's owners forged signatures to show support for its ill-fated dance club. Hello, is someone going to investigate the criminality involved here?
Angela Mansfield is no bomb-thrower, and she's certainly not a racist. Somebody in a position of authority needs to prosecute these folks and hold them accountable for their criminal behavior. They are not above the law. This is a complete outrage. I cannot believe the City of Indianapolis permitted this illegal establishment to continue in operation for nearly two years in light of the facts Manfield brings to light. And may I ask where the Indianapolis Star has been. It's funny that Will Higgins' story in the Star managed to overlook these pertinent facts, which were pointed out during the Savoy's MDC hearing at which he attended. Isn't Will Higgins the same guy that missed all the misdeeds surrounding the 300 East zoning petition?Also, note from Higgins' story that the city is going after the landlord and not the Savoy's owners for the violations.