Continental Ballroom, Foxx Trap among businesses city leaders want to close

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Monday members of the Public Safety Committee for the Birmingham City Council will discuss whether several troubled businesses will stay open.

It’s been shut down once before, in 2010, but a shooting at a teen party on April 6th has pushed the Continental Ballroom back into the spotlight.

One teenager was shot and hundreds more fled the scene as officers from Homewood and Birmingham arrived to get things under control.

On February 19th, Birmingham police raided the VIP Spa on Parkway East after complaints of prostitution and human trafficking. Several customers and workers were arrested.

Police say after customers paid for a massage, they were escorted to a room and negotiations for sexual favors would begin.

The Foxx Trap on 2nd Avenue North is also on their radar.

In January, a man was shot behind the club and in March police say an argument that started at the club lead to a woman being shot in the face on the interstate.

The city council recommended a revocation hearing for the Continental Ballroom to determine if its business license should be revoked.

The owners of the businesses have been asked to appear for a revocation hearing Monday.

The hearing will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the Birmingham City Council Chambers.

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