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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

July 15, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany's Code Enforcement Director wants the city to shut down a recording studio. He says it's been busted three times in the past five months for illegal alcohol sales, and drugs and a weapon were found inside.  

But the owner says he isn't selling alcohol and the drugs weren't his. He says he's being unfairly targeted by the city and shouldn't have to close his doors.  

At Brick House Productions, a recording studio in East Albany, 27 different artists record their music.  "We're making beats, recording music and doing things pertaining to the music industry," said Daniel Loving, Jr.

But Albany code enforcement director Mike Tilson says there's more than music in the making. He said, "Every time we've been there we've found violations."

He says on three different occasions since February, alcohol has been found for sale, although the owners do not have an alcohol license. He also says illegal drugs and a gun were found during another visit by drug agents, and that's why the city should revoke the occupational tax certificates, better known as business licenses.

Tilson said, "We question exactly what they've been doing because of all this other mountain of evidence that we have of illegal activity."

But Daniel Loving, Jr., who operates the recording studio, says he doesn't sell alcohol here, and that the drugs and gun weren't his. He says if alcohol is here, it's here legally for parties. "Sometimes we do have alcohol at our listening parties that we give away, but that's not illegal."

He'll have to make that case before the commission to show cause why they should allow him to stay in business. But if it's up to Tilson-- "This is not a business we want in Albany." They'll be shut down soon.

The owner of the business is Mr. Loving's wife, Molly. Tuesday, city commissioners voted to order her to appear before the commission at the business meeting July 23rd and show cause why she should not lose her business license.

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