FIRE SAFETY CONCERNS CLOSE CITY-OWNED PARKING LOT AND THEATER

I want to share with you the following announcement issued to the press last night:

HIGHLAND PARK, IL – Effective immediately, the City of Highland Park has shut down the City-owned Port Clinton Garage and Highland Park Movie Theater due to findings of numerous fire safety violations.

The Highland Park City Council unanimously supported Fire Chief Pat Tanner’s decision to order these unprecedented actions. His decisions follow preliminary findings during an independent inspection of fire safety conditions that started Thursday and are still on going. The Council ordered the independent inspections to follow up on numerous concerns brought to the Council’s attention.

“Public safety is paramount and the conditions highlighted by the inspectors were unacceptable,” stated Mayor Nancy Rotering. “We are taking necessary steps to ensure public safety.”

The City Council expects the Port Clinton Garage issues to be rectified as quickly as possible and the garage to be back in operation in the near-term. The Theater situation is more complex, the cost of remedy may be prohibitive and needs additional analysis before a final determination can be made.

These decisions were painstaking and deliberate. Immediate action was necessary to stabilize two potentially dangerous situations. We are already in the process of assessing the situation to find a solution.

Parking alternatives will be communicated to Port Clinton tenants. Numerous other lots in the vicinity are available to the public.

The two retail shops next to the theater, Style Shack and Ooh La La Millinery ARE OPEN – do stop by! However, the theater itself demands further assessment and we will keep you posted.

Thank you in advance for your patience as we work to fix these situations and head into the right direction. I know that you share my belief that protecting public safety is absolutely critical.

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