GREENSBORO, N.C. — A Greensboro nightclub is closing temporarily after a visit from the city's Safety Review Board.
City officials said the board visited Blind Tiger and found safety and code violations at the venue, as well as unpermitted structural changes, which prompted the closure.
Officials didn't have a timeline for when the venue could reopen.
The city did not say if two recent shooting investigations at the nightclub have anything to do with the violations or temporary closure.
City officials expect to have further details on the matter later this week.
So who is on the Safety Review Board and when do they visit a business? Here's what you should know about the board, its purpose and its process.
Who is on the Safety Review Board?
The Safety Review Board consists of a four-member panel and includes a member of the Greensboro Police Department Command Staff, a member of the Greensboro Fire Department Fire Marshal's Office, and a member of the Department of Neighborhood Development and a member of the Department of Building and Inspection.
What's the purpose of the Safety Review Board?
The city explains the purpose of the Safety Review Board in a document and includes the following:
Acts of violence have repeatedly occurred at restaurants, bars, businesses and other locations that serve alcoholic beverages, allow for on-premise consumption of alcoholic beverages, and/or fail to prevent on-premise consumption of alcoholic beverages, and such occurrences constitute a detriment, danger and hazard to the health, safety, morals, general welfare, peace, and dignity of the inhabitants of the City of Greensboro. These violent incidents have occurred inside and outside businesses where patrons are gathered, waiting in line, entering, or exiting, or in adjoining parking areas owned, leased, operated, rented, or otherwise provided by such businesses. Therefore, the City of Greensboro (“City”) adopts the policy herein in an effort to respond to and prevent such acts within the City.
How does the Safety Review Board operate?
The Safety Review Board has the ability to create a Corrective Action Recommendation for a business. It helps to increase security and other public safety measures to bring the applicable location back to Safe Operation. If a business fails to follow the Corrective Action Recommendation it can be declared as a public nuisance. The business could also be subject to enforcement by the North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement Division of the North Carolina Department of Public Safety and/or the North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission.