South Side bar fights city fine on occupancy permit

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An Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas judge issued a ruling in response to a South Side bar that claimed the city enforced an outdated occupancy permit, evacuating the bar and levying a fine.

On Saturday, the inspectors with the Bureau of Building Inspections found S Bar in violation of its occupancy permit when it found 296 people inside. But an attorney for S Bar claims the bar's actual permitted occupancy is 299 people.

The main section of the bar has an occupancy permit for 200, but the bar said it was in compliance because it bought an adjacent building that had a permitted occupancy of 99.

In response, S Bar filed a claim Thursday asking a judge to force the city to calculate the occupancy of the building by adding the two permits. The judge agreed to, but compelled the bar to hire two additional security officers and add fire extinguishers, said assistant city solicitor Jason Zollett.

Mr. Zollett said the city plans to appeal the action.



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