March 26 2009 12:00 AM
The city of Lansing and the Lansing Police Department are moving forward with a plan to encourage the state to revoke the Cadillac Club's liquor license.

By a 6-0 vote, the Council Committee of the Whole on Thursday set a public hearing for March 30 at 5 p.m., during which City Attorney Brig Smith will present his office's and the police department's case against the Cadillac Club and its owner Dave Sheets. After, the Council will vote on a resolution to recommend to the state Liquor Control Commission to revoke or deny renewal of the club's liquor license.

The Cadillac Club has been home to a series of hip-hop parties that have drawn the ire of neighbors near the former full-time restaurant’s REO Town location on Washington Avenue. Residents have complained because of large crowds in the neighborhood after the parties end late at night.

In October, an East Lansing man was shot outside the club after a party.

“The movement resulted from the continued instances at the Cadillac Club and really the issue forced itself upon us,” Smith said when asked who initiated the effort.

Sheets appeared in front of the state Liquor Control Commission Oct. 20 for several liquor license violations, including letting a patron leave the premises with an open container and allowing a minor to consume alcohol.

Ordinarily, the commission would renew a license unless there is a recommendation to the contrary from the community in which the establishment is located.

Smith gave his recommendation that the Council inform the commission that it does not support the renewal of the Cadillac Club's liquor license and asked for a resolution setting a hearing. The hearing will be held in Council Chambers and will follow the format of a court hearing.

Smith said the Council will be receiving a communication from the police department containing a summary of their complaints and the case the department has built against the club and Sheets.

Smith said between July 13 and Nov. 1, 2008, there were 68 calls for service to the police department for the Cadillac Club. From Nov. 8 through March 6, there were 48.

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