ATLANTA - The city of Atlanta slaps a popular night spot with two citations and closes part of the club.
The changes come after a FOX 5 investigation into tax by the drink delinquencies at The Compound on Brady Avenue in northwest Atlanta. The investigation also revealed an illegal expansion of the nightspot that never received permits.
City inspectors flooded the property Tuesday and issued two citations: One for the club's illegal renovations and the other for having a generator without a permit.
Compound Attorney DeWayne Martin concedes the expansion was not done properly.
"Someone built without a permit. That's a mistake. It can't be that way,” said Martin
The special events facility is also addressing the thousands of dollars it owes in back taxes.
"We got notice this week that the by- the- drink city taxes were not current. The state taxes are current, but the city taxes are not. We huddled with the city discussed what needed to be done in order to ensure what needs to be done to bring the accounts current. We are now working on that process," Martin said.
Martin also said the city also demanded a life safety plan. City spokesperson Christina Cruz-Benton responded to our many questions. She stated "The owners of The Compound have been instructed to provide a Life Safety plan to the Office of Buildings by 5:00 p.m. Friday. If approved, areas of The Compound will be open for operation.”
The Compound hosted the MLS Atlanta United soccer naming ceremony last summer.
Many suggests the club gets away with so many violations because it owners and operators have close friends and connections at city hall. A spokesman for Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said that claim is false and inaccurate.