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Community councils say city improperly permited strip club; city says they’re wrong

Posted by Mike on June 21st, 2011

Update: The community councils and a local retirement center today sent the city a letter asking for reconsideration of the permit.

Both the Maple Leaf and the Wedgwood community councils have gone on record as opposing Pandora’s Adult Caberet, prompting KOMO to air a report from the parking lot of the soon-to-be strip club.

The councils claim the new club, at the site of the defunct Seven Seas Restaurant, 8914 Lake City Way N.E., is too close to a day-care center (which they don’t want to name). Their arguments, including that proper public notice was not given, are summarized on the Wedgwood council’s website.

That day care is 600 feet from the club, which is currently being remodeled. According to code, clubs must be more than 800 feet from legally recognized or permitted public park and open spaces, community centers, elementary or secondary schools, or child care centers.

“We have a child care use that has been licensed by the state for over 10 years serving members of the community in what happens to be someone’s home,” Per Johnson, of the Wedgwood council, wrote to the city. “The project should be started over again,” David Miller, of the Maple Leaf council, told KOMO.

Miller and his council were instrumental in the successful fight last year to save a grove of 80 mature Douglas fir trees at the old Waldo hospital in Maple Leaf. Miller later ran, without success, for the Seattle City Council.

But the city distinguishes between in-home daycare and “child care centers,” Bryan Stevens of the Seattle Department of Planning and Development, told KOMO.

“We haven’t made a mistake,” Stevens said.  “As far as I know, there’s no legal recourse at this point.”

The club’s location, at Lake City Way Northeast and Northeast 90th Street, straddles the Maple Leaf/Wedgwood community divide. It is also kitty-corner from The Stratford at Maple Leaf, a retirement community which also joined in the joint letter to the city; about 1,000 feet from the Ryther Child Center; and 1,500 feet from Sacajawea Elementary School.

That stretch of Lake City Way also hosted Rick’s strip club until it was closed by an FBI investigation. No further news on whether it might reopen as Chantal’s Gentleman’s Club.

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