1401 S. Ervay
DALLAS –– Dallas city attorneys have filed an injunction against NBA player Chris Bosh’s younger brother to get him to stop hosting illegal parties at his mother’s vacant Cedars area warehouse like the one that police allege led to a chaotic outburst of fights and gunfire last weekend.
The five-story structure at S. 1401 Ervay St. was to be the location of the so-called #NotANormalParty on Saturday night, which promoters promised would have a different party on each of the floors. There was the ‘fun and wild party’ on the first floor, complete with a bounce house, mud wrestling, mechanical bull ride and a wet T-shirt contest.
The second floor would’ve been covered with foam. The third, coined the “Trippy/iHate Bein Sober floor” apparently said attendees “must take shot to enter.” Above that was the “Rave/Glow Party” and then the anticlimactically named “club” on the fifth floor.
That planning was all for naught: Dallas police shut down the event as attendees lined Ervay. In a YouTube video, a man purporting to be the organizer bragged, “We still had 1,006 people in line, waiting to pay to get in.”
Promoters tried to move the party to a salon in the 2500 block of Royal Lane in North Dallas, but the owner ordered everyone out when the mass of people arrived. Shortly after midnight, the scene grew chaotic –– police say four people were shot at a McDonald's a block east and fights broke out at a nearby gas station.
The city was already fed up with the parties there. The injunction, first obtained by The Dallas Morning News, was filed a day prior in a Dallas County District Court against Joel Bosh and his mother Freida Bosh. According to the city, “the property is unsafe for human use or occupation because it has various health and safety violations.”
“Despite these dangerous conditions being present on the Property, Mr. Bosh continues to occupy the Property,” the document reads.
Promoters have hosted parties at the warehouse since at least 2011, when someone threw a watch party during the NBA Finals that pitted the Dallas Mavericks against hometown boy Chris Bosh and his Miami Heat. On New Years Eve of 2012, a promotion group named 5 Star Lifestylin ENT held a two-story party there with, according to the Facebook event posting, a capacity of at least 500.
The lawsuit alleges Joel Bosh is behind these: “Mr. Bosh promotes or contracts with others to promote nightclub type special events on the Property,” it says.
On January 25, 2011, city inspectors denied the venue a certificate of occupancy after it “failed every category of safety code, including electrical, plumbing, mechanical and structural inspections.” The lawsuit says the city has issued “numerous notices” and contacted the owner to ask them to stop.
The lawsuit threatens to fine Freida and Joel Bosh $1,000 for each day there’s a party at 1401 S. Ervay going forward. The city says it’s tried to deliver the injunction to Bosh’s “agent and representative” Larenzo Maxfield and hasn’t received a response. This, “despite two voicemails left on his cell phone.” News 8 has also left a voicemail with Maxfield seeking comment.
Nevertheless, Dallas police have been called to the location 10 times since 2009. A sampling of police reports show a slew of assaults there. In the wee hours of January 1, a man allegedly punched his significant other in the face when she tried to block the exit, according to a police report.
Joel Bosh himself was brutally beaten on July 19, 2012 –– a police report shows Bosh’s assailant hit him in the jaw and ribs while donning gloves “possibly with metal knuckles on them.” The battered Bosh checked into the emergency room that night.
But long before the building hosted events like 2012’s ‘Twerk Fest,’ 1401 S. Ervay St. was home to the Hughes Brothers Manufacturing Company, which produced sweet smelling ice cream cones.
Now, the commercial property lies dormant; or the city says it should, anyway. Still, the county values the property at $2,286,880. Freida Bosh is listed as its sole owner. She has not responded to a request for comment.
News 8's Rebecca Lopez contributed to this report