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Congress Theater close to being clear of city violations

Updated: May 23, 2013 11:55AM



The Congress Theater is just a step away from being cleared of its city violations.

On Thursday, city attorney Judy Frydland told a Cook County judge the theater at 2135 N. Milwaukee must still connect its backup generator and lighting system before any sort of city agreement can be made.

“If we come back next week, if they’re ready, then we can maybe work out an agreed [court] order,” Frydland told Judge James McGing. “If they’re not, they’re not.”

Congress attorney Demetris Kare said ComEd was scheduled to conduct a four-hour test on the system, essentially hooking up and testing the lighting and generator, but missed the appointment.

The city will re-inspect the theater on May 29, and the judge will get an update on the inspection the next day.

Earlier this month, attorneys said the theater could open its second-floor balcony to concertgoers should it pass the lighting inspection.

Last month, the city filed an emergency motion that could have forced theater owner Eddie Carranza to shutter the theater. The lengthy motion detailed 26 violations, including a faulty electrical system, bare electrical cable wires strewn throughout the basement and defective lights.

But the city later said the theater had successfully corrected the most dangerous of violations.

Carranza still faces another “deleterious impact” hearing later this year in which the city is determining whether the theater is hurting the community. He’s also awaiting a ruling from the Liquor Control Commission hearing which could strip the venue of its liquor license.



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