Battle Between Nightclub Owner and Residents Could Soon Be Over

Battle Between Nightclub Owner and Residents Could Soon Be Over
Posted at 8:39 PM, Nov 02, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-03 19:43:55-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The battle between a group of Tallahassee residents and the owner of Top Flite Nightclub may soon come to an end.

Last month, the owner of the nightclub, Theophalus McBride, went before the Leon County Planning Commission, requesting a zoning change so they could move forward with plans to construct a parking lot near a residential area.

The board was unable to come to a decision. Since then, a meeting was held to make a compromise.

It now seems that some residents are trying to help the owner of Top Flight, instead of fight him. In the recent mediation meeting, some even suggested a land trade in order to move the club.

Pastor Lee Johnson, a community member in opposition of the zoning change, says residents made it clear that they're not against the nightclub's owner, "I was just so proud of the neighbors. They're not the kind of neighbors who say we're against you and we don't care about you. They're against that parking lot being developed and the zoning change."

Johnson says more and more residents are coming forward in opposition of the parking lot every day, saying that the proximity would put families' safety at risk.

No solution has come out of the mediation meeting, however residents are hopeful that a mutual agreement will be reached.

We did reach out to McBride's attorney for comment, but have not heard back yet.

The Planning Commission public hearing will be held Tuesday, November 3rd at 6 p.m. As of Monday night, no agenda item is listed regarding Top Flite Nightclub's zoning change request.