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Buffalo Grove business owner wants the village to regulate large, pop-up events. Police say not likely when held on private property.



A Buffalo Grove business owner implored village trustees at a recent village board meeting to pass an ordinance that would restrict large events on private property.

Buffalo Grove resident Cody Romano, co-owner of Everything Games, 404 W. Half Day Road, told trustees at the Feb. 5 meeting that a large event in the Woodland Commons parking lot on Feb. 3 filled the parking lot with vehicles and people. , crippling his business and others.

“It was an impromptu memorial service car show that did not have a permit and was held in the Woodland Commons shopping center,” Romano explained in a telephone interview with the Pioneer Press. “The entire parking lot was full. People stood on cars and loitered, and queues in the Mariano’s toilets [grocery store] There were between 20 and 30 people. »

He said the event that took place between 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. that Saturday attracted hundreds of people, according to police at the scene who told him they were unable to disband the gathering because it took place on private property.

Romano wants that to change.

“If someone doesn’t have a permit, the police should be able to remove them from private property,” Romano said, “especially for outdoor events in a parking lot.” It was a huge security issue.

He said he lost $5,000 in business that day, with many customers calling and saying they couldn’t park or access his business because of the crowds. He believes other nearby businesses have also suffered.

“If someone had a gun, if someone was in a situation [and needed medical attention], Buffalo Grove Road and Route 22 were basically unusable,” Romano said at the meeting. “We need to put an ordinance in place to actually do something about this.” I really hope those who were involved are fined. It was inexcusable. We were lucky nothing happened, but what if it did?

Romano spoke during the public comment portion of the meeting. Administrators took no formal action on his request because it was not part of the evening’s official agenda. But Pioneer Press contacted police after the meeting, to inquire about the event Romano decried.

Deputy Police Chief Michael Rodriguez confirmed the car meet was being held in honor of the auto club’s founder and president, who recently passed away. He said police were informed the event was being moved from another city to the Buffalo Grove location, but only 150 to 200 attendees were expected and officers were on site, he said in a statement to Pioneer Press.

“As vehicles and occupants filled the parking lot – we estimate more than 700 people – officers worked with the event organizer to end the event early, around 4:20 p.m., and the parking lot was cleared in two hours,” Rodriguez said.

Police report that this is a “very rare and one-off event” in the village.

“Even though there was a very large crowd, all interactions were friendly, polite and cordial,” according to the deputy chief.

Elizabeth Owens-Schiele is independent.



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