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Magic City agrees to mayor’s terms

The East End nightclub Magic City has agreed to a voluntary closure at the request of Rochester Mayor Lovely A. Warren.

Club owner Robert Monteneri has agreed to participate in a city-led program which would allow for the business to re-open under strict rules with clearly stated consequences, as well as other recommendations. The temporary shutdown was effective Monday and will stay in effect for at least 30 days.

The development of the recommendations, rules and consequences will be led by Del Smith, commissioner of Neighborhood and Business Development, and will involve a planned process including Magic City, the East End Business and Neighborhood Association, the Rochester Police Department and other existing clubs, in consultation with the city’s Law Department.

Magic City’s owners will also work directly with Tim Tompkins, vice president of the East End Business and Neighborhood Association.

“Most of the problems have been caused by a small number of club patrons,” Warren said. “We want a vibrant and safe nightlife in our city. We also want to be able to support businesses, but we cannot and will not tolerate violence. When incidents happen, we must step in. It’s my position that we can help Magic City develop a business model that is both safe and efficient.”

Magic City will be required to sign off on the plan prior to re-opening.

Warren has also tasked Smith with conducting a comprehensive review of night club policies and safety procedures.