Water Street Music Hall on Friday was issued a conditional entertainment center license from the city, and may start hosting events again. The music venue, at 204 North Water Street, was denied renewal of its license at the beginning of March due to eight violations of the City Code and the police chief's Rules and Regulations.
In a letter addressed to Water Street Owner Anthony Marsocci, Rochester Police Chief Michael Ciminelli notified the establishment that its response to the city's investigation of problems "fails to adequately address the serious charges set forth in the Notice of Intent to Deny," and that with the exception of one charge, Water Street did not comply with the City Code. But Ciminelli also said that following a meeting with Marsocci and getting commitments to operate in compliance with the law, the Rochester Police Department would grant a conditional license.
Under the conditional license, Water Street must comply with all federal, state, and local laws, codes, and rules and regulations; have a sufficient number of registered security guards who are readily identifiable; immediately notify and cooperate with the Rochester Police Department should an incident occur; document all incidents that occur inside and around the venue; and maintain a list of banned individuals. Water Street can not permit illegal drug use on the premises, and it must notify the city of any special events that might draw a large number of people.
If the terms aren't met to the satisfaction of the city, Rochester can revoke the conditional license without any further proceedings. And the conditional license expires on January 31, 2017.
It won't be long before Water Street reopens under the strict guidelines: The band Monuments is scheduled to play there on April 10.