Thursday, June 6, 2013

Philadelphia's Rosewood Bar Shuttered by L&I

Philadelphia's Department of Licenses & Inspection shut down Rosewood in the Gayborhood due to code violations.  According to the Philly Post:

On Wednesday night, as the frantic search for survivors in the 22nd and Market building collapse in Philadelphia continued, the Department of Licenses & Inspection shut down Center City gay bar Rosewood, the upscale extension of 13th Street’s popular Woody’s Bar that opened in April. Rosewood was evacuated around 10 p.m. and was found to be in violation of building, zoning, electrical, fire and plumbing codes.

According to L&I records of the Rosewood address, the city issued a “Major Alteration” permit on May 3rd to Griffin Campbell Construction, the same contractor doing demolition work on the 22nd and Market building when it collapsed. The owner of Griffin Campbell reportedly has a criminal record. Rosewood also used the same “expediter” that was used at 22nd and Market: local architect Plato Marinakos Jr., whose job it was to expedite the permitting process.

It’s hard to believe that L&I’s visit to Rosewood was coincidental. I called L&I spokesperson Maura Kennedy to find out if L&I has plans to visit all locations with connections to Griffin Campbell Construction. She said she’d get back to me as soon as more information becomes available.