Highland Park's City Council has unanimously decided to shut down the Port Clinton Garage and the Highland Park Theater due to fire saftey violations, according to a statement released by Mayor Nancy Rotering.
The decisions come as a result of preliminary findings by Fire Chief Pat Tanner "during an independent inspection of fire safety conditions [that] started Thursday and [is] still on-going."
These independent inspections had been ordered by the council after concerns were raised about the security of the venues.
“Public safety is paramount and the conditions highlighted by the inspectors were unacceptable,” said Mayor Nancy Rotering in the statement. “We are taking necessary steps to ensure public safety.”
And while the City Council "expects the Port Clinton Garage issues to be rectified as quickly as possible...the theater situation is much more complex."
Fixing the theater may be costly and requires "additonal analysis before a final determination" to close permanently can be made.
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