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October 12, 2017 - A Berrien County Circuit Court judge has issued a temporary restraining order against the use and occupancy of the Harbor Banks Winery Barn located at 119 Cleveland Ave, in the village of Galien. The action was taken to enforce LARA’s Bureau of Construction Codes' (BCC) recent Order to Stop Construction and Cease Use and Occupancy against Harbor Banks Holdings, LLC that operates the wedding reception and events venue owned by Kevin Kelleher. The owner has continued to host events as recently as this past weekend which defies the judge’s October 6, 2017 order. The judge also ordered Harbor Banks to appear and show cause at a hearing on October 19.
The BCC filed the restraining order to enforce its Order to Stop Construction and Cease Use and Occupancy that was delivered and posted on the barn at the above address on September 28, 2017. Harbor Banks failed to comply with the BCC Order and continued to host events.
Occupying the building without a Certificate of Occupancy violates the State Construction Code Act, 1972 PA 230, and subjects the public to health and safety risks, including fire safety, as this building lacks an operational fire suppression system. Further, construction is required to be completed in compliance with a building permit.
The BCC has not granted Harbor Banks a Certificate of Use and Occupancy for failure to obtain required building permits and approvals for alternation and construction of the barn as indicated in the Verified Complaint, including:
Although the BCC has taken numerous steps in working with the owner toward attaining compliance, defying the BCC order prompted the court to issue the restraining order.
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