The owners of Levelz Sports Lounge on Pittsburgh's South Side will likely sell or lease their space on East Carson Street as a result of the consent agreement they signed with the Allegheny County district attorney's office, according to a lawyer representing the bar.
The consent agreement, signed today by Common Pleas Judge Alan Hertzberg, allowed the owners to keep their Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board license and open a new bar elsewhere or transfer it to a third party approved in advance by the DA's office.
Under the agreement, the owners cannot open another bar in the same spot for at least a year.
"The plan right now is either to lease it or sell it," said Charles Caputo, the attorney representing the owners of Levelz.
Levelz, at 1825 E. Carson St., has drawn scrutiny from community members and officials for the number of police calls to its location, including a stabbing that left a man critically wounded last month.
The DA's office obtained an emergency court order earlier this month shutting Levelz down.
When it sought the order, the DA's office documented 33 separate police calls to Levelz from January 2011 -- the month after the bar opened -- through July 2013. Incidents at the bar have led to criminal charges including attempted homicide, aggravated assault, simple assault, sexual assaults and other crimes.
Police from the city's Zone 3 station in Allentown were called to Levelz early July 27 for a report that a man was stabbed so severely that witnesses spotted him holding his entrails.
Mr. Caputo said the owners of Levelz have been in discussions with the DA's office since the stabbing and decided to enter the agreement in part because they thought it provided them with a chance to bring in money they could use to pay off the mortgage on their building.
Allegheny County property records show the owners purchased the building at 1825 E. Carson St. for $600,000 in October of 2010.
"One of the most important factors was the economic consequences," Mr. Caputo said. "They have a mortgage. They own the property. They have monthly expenses."
Liz Navratil: firstname.lastname@example.org, 412-263-1438 and on Twitter: @LizNavratil. First Published August 16, 2013 6:45 PM