Federal Hill Businesses Call for The Vault’s License to be Revoked

Wednesday, July 06, 2016


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The Federal Hill Commerce Association has called for The Vault to be closed, following the recent shooting outside the nightclub - and before the case is set to be reopened at the Board of Licenses on Wednesday, July 6.

"While we encourage the growth of businesses throughout Federal Hill, it is challenging to accept ones that create an environment that deter locals and tourists from visiting the Hill," said Rick Simone with the Federal Hill Commerce Association. "We ask that the same set of rules be applied across the board in instances of disruptive and unsafe conditions." 

"Federal Hill as a whole is welcoming, enjoyable destination and we encourage the growth of new businesses that wish to be a part of the positive vibrancy of the hill," said Simone.

For Federal Hill, businesses have been working to rebuild the neighborhood's brand as a preeminent place to dine and shop. For many business owners, The Vault Lounge and the shooting this year and double stabbing last year are the final straws. 

Latest Development -- Shooting tied to Gang Violence

The Providence Board of Licenses voted on Monday June 28 to reopen The Vault, a week after a shooting outside the Federal Hill club -- which is located in a building that until recently was owned by Congressman David Cicilline, and is currently owned by his brother, convicted felon John Cicilline.  

The shooting occurred just days before Rep. Cicilline joined a group of Democrats on the U.S. House of Representatives floor to stage a sit-in in support of gun control.
Last week, Assistant City Solicitor Mario Martone told the Board that he would be re-opening The Vault case at this Wednesday's hearing, based on "new information" that was put forth.

GoLocalProv has received a copy of a police report from the recent shooting at The Vault Lounge on Federal Hill that unveiled that the shooter claimed to be a member of a gang from Fall River, MA.

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Appeal to Board

Bob Duva with the Federal Hill Commerce Association signed the following letter to Board Chair State Senator Juan Pichardo, calling for The Vault's liquor licenses to be revoked. 

As you may know, the Federal Hill Commerce Association is an incorporated association of businesses and individuals located in and concerned with the Federal Hill neighborhood of the city.

The Association is adamantly opposed to the granting and further licensing to the “The Vault Lounge." The Association recognizes that the Board is acutely aware of the history of violence and rowdyism that has occurred in the greater Federal Hill area in the past as a direct result of the lack of good business practice by the owners.

The direct relationship between the number of violations and general disorderliness emanating from the establishment argues strongly against an issuing of said licenses to The Vault Lounge. Clearly, violence jeopardizes the safety of each and every resident and visitor in and to our neighborhood and has had a demonstrable adverse impact entirety of our business community.

Our community and Board of Directors fervently hope that the said licenses are revoked. 


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