Charlottesville Pavilion plans to close at night
Vagrancy, drug use reports lead to agency's decision to change hours
To prevent the downtown nTelos Wireless Pavilion from becoming a drug hot spot, the city agency responsible for the pavilion has permitted the venue’s general manager permission to close the facility on nights when there are no scheduled performances.
This action is in light of the recent vagrancy problems and drug use reported at the outdoor venue, which hosts concerts and events frequented by University students and Charlottesville residents.
Kirby Hutto, general manager of the Charlottesville Pavilion, LLC, oversees the maintenance of the Pavilion at all times and sets the hours of operation for the venue, even though the property is owned by the city. Hutto said the agency began noticing the issues earlier this year.
“Over the last several months we have noticed vagrancy, drinking, people passed out, and just making a mess,” he said.
Hutto said complaints from downtown residents and early morning workers spurred the decision to change the evening hours. He is hopeful that, “by getting the proper signage it will make the police’s job easier.”