Piazza boots Radio 104.5 after wild party

Posted: May 09, 2014

DAYS AFTER a packed concert at which some people took liberties with Northern Liberties, including outdoor sex romps and widespread public urination, neighbors are getting results.

The general counsel for Kushner Cos., the firm that owns the Piazza at Schmidt's, confirmed in an email that the licensing agreement between the venue and a promoter for Radio 104.5 has been terminated as of Wednesday, according to Matt Ruben, the president of the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association.

That means the station will no longer be allowed to host events in that space, a turn of events that Ruben welcomed after scores of intoxicated music fans turned the trendy neighborhood's narrow side streets into public toilets Saturday during a Radio 104.5 Summer Block Party.

"When you see someone in the middle of the day squatting and peeing on your neighbor's house, you don't forget it," said Ruben, who lives about two blocks from the Piazza and witnessed said squatting firsthand.

"Clearly, there were too many people, not enough security and not enough toilets; this is what you get," he said last night.

Kushner's representatives seem to agree: In their email, they described what went on Saturday as "deplorable behavior and despicable conditions" and implored promoter Bryan Dilworth to address complaints from neighbors.

Attempts to reach Dilworth and Clear Channel Communications, the company that operates Radio 104.5, were unsuccessful last night.

Ruben said he hopes that discussions among Kushner, the radio station and NoLibs residents will continue. He lauded Sybil Lindsay - whose homemade recordings of wild women dropping trou in her driveway brought Saturday's lewd acts to the news media's attention - for sticking to her guns.

"We're relieved; it's not in anyone's interest for the Piazza to be known as a place where out-of-control events happen," Ruben said. "It hosts a lot of great events that bring people in from all over the region without any incident.

"But Radio 104.5's events seem increasingly out of hand, based on previous events, and I'm glad they're not continuing."


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