Tulane Avenue Strip Club Draws Complaints From Neighbors – Mid-City Messenger

Club Pressure, 3940 Tulane Ave. (Jackie Galli, Mid-City Messenger)

By Jackie Galli, Mid-City Messenger

Club pressure on Tulane Avenue has everything a strip club should: dancers, poles, lots of money. The only thing it doesn’t have is a license to operate as a strip club.

Pressure has been operating as a strip club since at least 2019, judging by the photos on their social media sites.

A city spokesperson said the property at 3940 Tulane Avenue has received a professional license as a nightclub, but that does not permit adult entertainment. Recently, the nightclub has raised concerns among some residents – concerns that were heightened in June following a quad shot in the club parking lot.

Mid-City Security District Commander Sgt. Alfred Russell said there were not many shootings at Club Pressure, but the incident was concerning.

“The city can immediately, at the snap of a finger, go there and not necessarily shut them down permanently, but can limit their hours indefinitely and stop them from being a strip club,” Russell said. “We can only do this with the word of the town hall.”

Mid-City Safety District Chair Wendy Laker said she was surprised nothing had been done to correct the permit issue. The club did not hesitate to offer exotic dancers. “If you go to their Instagram account, they have no shame in that. It’s all there,” she said.

A business owner near Club Pressure said the all-night disco, open from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m., has caused parking and litter issues in the area.

“It was nothing but a disaster,” said the owner, who asked to remain anonymous to avoid neighborhood animosity. “I have to pay employees to help clean up trash after big events.”

Neighbors said all kinds of trash, including condoms and needles, were thrown everywhere. When people leave the club, they often throw away half-finished take-out containers of food from the Pressure restaurant.

Several other clubs in the area are also contributing to the problem, the business owner said. But when Club Pressure throws a big event, the neighbors notice a difference.

Club Pressure is owned by Sorelle LLC, which also owns Haifa Cuisine and Hookah Bar at 4740 Canal St. Mid-City Messenger made several attempts to contact the owner of Club Pressure but could not get a response.

District B Councilwoman Lesli Harris said she is working with the city to manage the situation.

“Resident quality of life and safety concerns are of the utmost importance to my office,” she said in an email. “I encourage the appropriate municipal departments to take all necessary steps to ensure that this establishment is in full compliance.”

A litany of agencies — alcohol and tobacco control, safety and licensing, code enforcement, the city attorney’s office — are tackling the problem, said First District Community Liaison Officer Kristie M. Neveaux. of the NOPD.

They meet regularly to discuss strategies for dealing with club pressure, she said.

Once the appropriate agencies determine how they want to handle the issue, police will get involved as a workforce, First District Commander Capt. Terence St. Germain said.

Despite the quadruple shootout, an attempted arson of the club on July 18 that led to an arrest and the history of crime in the general area, St. Germain said there was not much crime directly related to the establishment. “We can’t attribute anything to the club itself for the crime,” he said.

As for complaints from residents, St. Germain said they were generally about permits and the type of establishment. Neighbors don’t like having a strip club in their neighborhood, he said.

St. Germain said while the club is not a crime hotspot, it must still operate in legal capacity.

According to the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance for New Orleans, businesses are prohibited from using adults such as strip clubs within 1,000 feet of any residential area, place of worship, educational facility, park or area. games, unless they are in the Vieux Carré.

Club Pressure is less than 400 feet from the Firehouse Full Gospel Ministries Church and less than 1,000 from the Rows of Craftsman Cottages.

Complaints about sanitation and parking in the area only add to the problem that the club has been operating illegally for several years.

St. Germain said, “If there’s a complaint and it’s not appropriate, it needs to be addressed.”

Jackie Galli is a journalism student at Loyola University and a reporting intern at NOLA Messenger. It can be attached a [email protected].

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