Raves could be back on the calendar at the Washington Ave Armory. The Third Judicial Department ruled that the Albany Board of Zoning Appeals’ determination that raves are not a permitted use of the Armory was “irrational and unreasonable” and must be annulled.
The Court was careful to point out that raves and similar dance parties may still be impressible under other provisions of the Code. The Court was only reviewing the BZA’s interpretation of the term auditorium.
While the Armory may have won the appeal, it looks like the BZA may be able to prevent raves under other sections of the Code of the City of Albany. It’s obvious this fight is not over.
To read more, you can read the PDF of the full decision.