What ALRC Is Hearing About Canopy Nightclub In Madison

The views from the community regarding Canopy Nightclub have not been coy about where they stand.   Such as this one submitted from a family on Jennifer Street.  The ALRC is holding a meeting tonight to further discuss–and I am most confident–correctly reject the application for this nightclub.

We once again oppose the application by Canopy Nightclub for an alcohol license. Throughout the process, proposed operator Austin Carl, has shown he is woefully unprepared to operate this type of business in this location. The previous business, Plan B, had far better management and they were unable to operate without imposing undue burdens on neighbors and were unresponsive much of the time.

A nightclub at this location is a bad fit for the neighborhood. It is hard to control the noise from patrons on a consistent basis. The previous operators were unwilling to invest the capital required to properly soundproof the building to reasonably reduce the impact of nightclub music on the neighborhood. That impact would be most nights of the week, likely from the hours of 9 – 2 am, year-round. This is when most people in a residential neighborhood sleep.

Austin Carl, through his various presentations to the city and the Marquette neighborhood, seems ill-equipped to address all the concerns that grew out of the previous nightclub operation and it would be likely that these issues would be raised again when his license would be up for renewal. Earlier this week Mr. Carl presented proposed improvements to his operation to the MNA monthly meeting which were not presented at a neighborhood committee meeting he attended only a week or two before. These proposed improvements have not been properly vetted by the neighborhood and we fear are meant to appease without any follow-through.

The neighborhood was exhausted by Plan B and the issues it has caused. The City is now well aware of the problems with this type of business at this location. Please do not authorize these problems to occur again.