Lawsuit contemplated to stop the Revelry from opening downtown Kelowna

Suing to stop music venue?

Lloyd Peterson is not giving up his fight to keep a music and entertainment venue out of his neighbourhood.

Peterson, a resident of The Madison condos on Ellis Street has been an outspoken opponent of the adjacent Revelry.

After city council supported a liquor primary application Tuesday against his objections, Peterson is threatening legal action to have that decision overturned.

While council endorsed the liquor primary license, the ultimate authority to approve any license rests solely with the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch.

He has started a GoFundMe campaign in hopes of raising $25,000 for a legal challenge to stop the Revelry.

Peterson claims Revelry is nothing more than a niteclub that will bring problems common to clubs on Lawrence and Leon avenues to his neighbourhood. Problems such as noise, public intoxication and urination.

He's concerned what will happen when up to 685 people who have been drinking all night roll onto the streets at 1 a.m.

Peterson chastised council for their "lack of due diligence and disregard for property owner's 'right to quiet enjoyment' of their homes."

He says the decision should be overturned due to possible "negligence, breach of fiduciary duty of mayor and council, and failure to follow due process among other issues."

Peterson and Revelry owner Lee Simon are at odds over what Revelry is.

While Peterson refers to it as a night club, Simon calls it a music and entertainment venue.

Simon says the venue is unique in the fact that it will be open throughout the day as a cafe available for meetings and presentations with a full kitchen and beverage service and provide an opportunity for live music on some evenings.

He also says the focus during evening shows will be more on food than alcohol.

In supporting the project, Coun. Luke Stack said this week the operation fits the neighbourhood perfectly.

"I think most people realize this is a very active and vibrant area, and seems to be attracting a lot of residential homes," said Stack.

"I think this is strengthening our Cultural district, and probably some of the reasons we see some of the residential building coming into the area to enjoy it."

There's no indication when the provincial LCRB will rule on the Revelry liquor license application.

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