Mass Ave., a recently opened music venue located on 8th Ave. N. in downtown Myrtle Beach, has been ordered to cease operations due to a violation of the City of Myrtle Beach zoning code.
The order has caused a scheduled Hundredth CD Release show to be moved to The Summit at Carolina Forest Community Church.
As of Friday afternoon, an examination of the exterior of the venue revealed a violation notice (shown here) and owner Nick Allen confirmed that he was seeking another spot to host the Show scheduled for a 6:30 pm start.
The violation says Mass Ave. is in violation of city code Section 1221.2 for a non-permitted use within the C-5 zoning classification, and that nightclubs are not a permitted use of said zoning. The notice states that operation of Mass Ave. shall cease operations immediately.
City spokesman Mark Kruea says the venue is licensed as a music school, not a nightclub, and the zoning in the area where Mass Ave. is located doesn’t allow nightclubs.
Kruea added that the building has numerous fire code violations, including exposed wiring and a lack of exit signs, fire extinguishers and emergency lighting.
Also, the club’s stage was built without a permit, Kruea said.
We'll have further information on the future of mass ave next week.