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9ine Ultra Lounge fails probationary period for liquor license

Revocation could occur within 90 days
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Posted at 2:51 PM, Jan 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-27 15:51:41-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The club where two people died and 15 others were injured last week during a mass-shooting incident has failed its probationary period to maintain its liquor license.

According to the Regulated Industries Division of Kansas City, Missouri, 9ine Ultra Lounge was still in a probationary period related to the issuance of a liquor license in September.

All liquor-license recipients are required to complete a six-month probation.

Regulated Industries Manager Jim Ready told 41 Action News on Monday that he informed owner Alphonso Hodge last week that 9ine Ultra Lounge had failed its probation.

Hodge now has 45 days to re-obtain consent from a majority of at least 15 nearby businesses, which don’t currently possess a liquor license, before the city could begin revocation proceedings.

Hodge also could apply for one 45-day extension.

To keep a liquor license, Hodge would need to get at least half of the 15 business owners located within 250 feet of 9ine Ultra’s front door to consent to the city granting the license.

If there are not 15 businesses within 250 feet, the city widens that circle by 100 feet until it encompasses at least 15 qualifying businesses.

If more than half the neighbors refuse to consent or if Hodge fails to follow through with obtaining consents again, Ready said he would recommend revoking 9ine Ultra’s license to the Liquor Control Board after the 90-day period.

Ready said Hodge told him he has no plans to reopen the club, where 25-year-old Raeven Parks and alleged shooter Jahron Swift died during the shooting Jan. 19 outside 9ine Ultra near the intersection of U.S. 40 and South Noland Road in Kansas City, Missouri.

Hodge could change his mind and reopen the club any time within the next 90 days during the re-consent process before Regulated Industries would take action.

KCPD identified Swift, 29, as the shooter. He apparently was involved in an altercation earlier in the night at the club and later returned with several firearms.

9ine Ultra also was the site of a drive-by shooting two weeks ago and was subject to increased patrols by KCPD.

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