The controversial Sanctuary Event Space opened on Monday, September 30th, and it was low key. Hosting a fund raising event for Titan Theatre, it did so without required licenses in place. However low key, it was a sign of trouble ahead for Roosevelt Island.
The prestige of the Titan Theatre Company and relatively low attendance for an opening night fundraiser held frustrations in check. But they linger near the surface as RIOC refuses to answer questions about allowing it to take place without required licenses and permits.
RIOC Highs and Lows
RIOC came through on its promise to prevent traffic jams. Most visitors arrived on foot after either using public transit or parking in Motorgate.
The lows brought the highs down. RIOC rejected appeals citing serious shortcomings, and without explanation, let the party go on.
That set a bad example. When the State agency ignores blatant health and safety violations, residents lose.
What’s missing in the Sanctuary Event Space opening ?
Here’s the list:
- City DOB Permits for building and occupancy
- State Liquor License
- FDNY Safety Inspection
- City Health Department registration and/or inspection.
These are not minor or trivial concerns. Legal requirements are in place for good reason, and it is not within the State’s power to ignore them selectively.
But in this case, they did, and then, they compounded the error by refusing to answer questions about it.
“We’ve got a lot going on here at the moment with switching offices, so bear with us for a bit,” RIOC answered our request.
That was yesterday morning at 9:43.