Lansing Police Improve Safety At Notorious Nightclub

By: Shannon Kantner Email
By: Shannon Kantner Email

"Once an area gets labeled in a negative way, it's very hard to come back from that," President of the South Lansing Business Association and owner of Rycus Flooring, B.J. Rycus said.

A Lansing nightclub has had a lot of different names and a lot of violence.

Most recently, police were called to Fahrenheit Ultra Lounge early Sunday morning when a fight broke out in the parking lot, and a 39-year-old man from Grand Rapids was shot in the leg.

The club has a history of incidents like that over the years when it was under different management. For people who live and work near 6810 South Cedar Street, it's not surprising to hear about a shooting there over the weekend.

"Oh, really, another one?," Anita Frese said sarcastically. "I know there's been trouble up there a lot of times, and it's a little bit concerning that those kinds of things are happening in this area."

In recent years, that location has seen multiple names and multiple shootings, including an incident in January this year. South Lansing business owners say that kind of violence is giving the area a stigma.

"Once an area gets labeled in a negative way, it's very hard to come back from that," President of the South Lansing Business Association and owner of Rycus Flooring, B.J. Rycus said.

His carpet store is finally recovering from the economic downturn, but there are plenty of vacant businesses around him, and the violence will only make it worse.

"You don't want any negative attention brought to an area that would keep customers away, and you certainly don't want any reason for people not to live in South Lansing," Rycus said.

Since the club became Fahrenheit Ultra Lounge in June 2011, things have quieted down at least a little bit. Lansing Police have been working closely with management to make sure history doesn't repeat itself. Despite the most recent shooting, LPD said things are looking up.

"We just have had really good luck working with management and holding them accountable," Lansing Public Information Officer Robert Merritt said. "So they know that anything that happens down there they can give us a call, and we'll be very proactive."

LPD installed a surveillance camera, and they make random bar checks. They're also working directly with security there, especially near closing time.

"We usually show a little bit of a presence with patrol cars," Merritt said. "Lights go on, we're shutting down, you need to leave the property."

But some people wish the property would just change for good.

"Maybe a hair salon or a spa," Frese said.

Fahrenheit Ultra Lounge management couldn't be reached for comment.

Lansing Police are still searching for the shooter. They're reviewing the surveillance footage and interviewing witnesses.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Lansing Police Department.


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