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Maple Leaf council decides not to pursue suit against strip club

July 20th, 2011 by Mike

The Maple Leaf Community Council at noon today announced it will not attempt a lawsuit against Pandora’s Adult Cabaret.

The strip club opened this month at 8914 Lake City Way N.E., on the line between the Maple Leaf and Wedgwood neighborhoods, and the community councils of both wrote the city to say they believe the club’s permit was improperly issued. The city disagreed.

The issue has generated considerable discussion, with well over 200 comments on the Maple Leaf Life and Wedgwood View neighborhood blogs and their Facebook pages. Meanwhile the club’s doors opened, and the club posted on its Facebook page: “Ladies- We need dayshift Entertainers! We’ve had customers everyday this week waiting for us before the club opens at 1pm, need more girls so we can start opening at 11am! The money’s been fantastic, just need more of you!”

Both the Maple Leaf and Wedgwood councils considered a lawsuit, but in a vote on Tuesday evening the executive committee of the Maple Leaf council said “no” by a 4-3 vote as “Executive Board President Joshua Newman proposed the following motion: ‘I move that MLCC should cease exploring or considering a lawsuit against the City of Seattle over the permitting of Pandora’s Strip Club.’”

In today’s email David Miller, a member of the executive committee, explained that due to timing issues, including a 21-day time limit on lawsuits, success seemed unlikely.

“That 21-day period passed before anyone in our community learned of the issuance of the permit,” Miller wrote, and although courts have made timing exceptions that might apply, “filing a lawsuit after July 25 would almost certainly erase any remaining (slim) possibility legal action against the City’s decision would be heard on the merits.

Since community individuals and businesses have inquired about legal action, we felt it important to quickly communicate the MLCC Executive Board’s vote so individuals and businesses can make their own decisions in the few days remaining before July 25.

We will continue to work with other community councils, Maple Leaf residents, and Maple Leaf businesses concerned about ongoing activity at the location of the adult cabaret.

(In a related matter, the strip club opening up the street at the former Rick’s, 11332 Lake City Way N.E., now has a new name: DreamGirls at Ricks.)

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Pandora's strip club indicates it's opening this afternoon

July 12th, 2011 by Mike

Update July 13: From the club’s Facebook page: “Ladies and Gentlemen, Pandora’s is OPEN FOR BUSINESS! Club hours are 1pm to 230am, cover charge is $10 and $5 for a drink. Hope to see you all here!”

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On its Facebook page the new strip club on Lake City Way indicates it will open this afternoon at 1 p.m., and stay open until 2:30 a.m.

In a post from around midnight, the club said “we’ll be open tomorrow.”

Pandora’s Adult Cabaret, 8914 Lake City Way N.E., was originally set to open July 6, but but was still awaiting an inspection, the club has said. That location is right on the line that splits the Maple Leaf and Wedgwood neighborhoods, and the community councils of both have written the city to say they believe the club’s permit was improperly issued. But the city refused to step in.

The sign outside the club, which used to be the Seven Seas Restaurant, is now covered in black. At 8 a.m. workers were visible inside the open door.

The club has posted several photos on its Facebook page, including one of a stage, at right.

The club has generated considerable discussion, with around 200 comments on the Maple Leaf Life and Wedgwood View neighborhood blogs and their Facebook pages.

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Pandora’s strip club indicates it’s opening this afternoon

July 12th, 2011 by Mike

Update July 13: From the club’s Facebook page: “Ladies and Gentlemen, Pandora’s is OPEN FOR BUSINESS! Club hours are 1pm to 230am, cover charge is $10 and $5 for a drink. Hope to see you all here!”

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On its Facebook page the new strip club on Lake City Way indicates it will open this afternoon at 1 p.m., and stay open until 2:30 a.m.

In a post from around midnight, the club said “we’ll be open tomorrow.”

Pandora’s Adult Cabaret, 8914 Lake City Way N.E., was originally set to open July 6, but but was still awaiting an inspection, the club has said. That location is right on the line that splits the Maple Leaf and Wedgwood neighborhoods, and the community councils of both have written the city to say they believe the club’s permit was improperly issued. But the city refused to step in.

The sign outside the club, which used to be the Seven Seas Restaurant, is now covered in black. At 8 a.m. workers were visible inside the open door.

The club has posted several photos on its Facebook page, including one of a stage, at right.

The club has generated considerable discussion, with around 200 comments on the Maple Leaf Life and Wedgwood View neighborhood blogs and their Facebook pages.

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Strip club indicates it's opening as soon as Monday

July 10th, 2011 by Mike

On its Facebook page, Pandora’s Adult Cabaret is announcing “OPENING NEXT WEEK!!!!!!”

And a little lower down, “Pandora’s Adult Cabaret Working on monday.”

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Strip club indicates it’s opening as soon as Monday

July 10th, 2011 by Mike

On its Facebook page, Pandora’s Adult Cabaret is announcing “OPENING NEXT WEEK!!!!!!”

And a little lower down, “Pandora’s Adult Cabaret Working on monday.”

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City won't step in to stop Pandora's Adult Cabaret

July 5th, 2011 by Mike

Update July 6: Pandora’s announced on its Facebook page that it won’t open its doors as planned today “because we’re still awaiting our final inspection for Pandora’s. This should take place any day and we’re not expecting any issues to further delay our Grand Opening! As soon as we get the all clear I’ll let you all know.”

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The city’s planning department has no reason to block Pandora’s Adult Cabaret from opening, according to a letter received today.

The club is set to open on Wednesday, July 6, at 8914 Lake City Way N.E. That location is right on the line that splits the Maple Leaf and Wedgwood neighborhoods, and the community councils of both have written the city to say they believe the club’s permit was improperly issued.

But today Diane Sugimura, director of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development, rejected the councils’ argument:

Adult cabarets are allowed in most downtown, industrial and commercial zones, subject to dispersion requirements. Since this use is permitted in the zone, it does not require public notice and does not allow for a discretionary review. A strict reading of the current code, coupled with the dispersion analysis provided by the applicant and verified by DPD did not give us reason to deny the adult cabaret permit.

The letter says the councils’ reasoning that the club is too close to a Maple Leaf day care business doesn’t apply because the business is not a city recognized “child care center.” “In this case, we do not believe an error has been made.”

It also rejects arguments the councils made that the site is improperly zoned. The full text of the letter is here.

“At this point, it is unclear what the ‘next steps’ will be although this topic will be a source of discussion amongst several groups over the coming days,” Per Johnson of the Wedgwood council writes on their website.

Construction at the club continued this morning, although the sign outside still carried the name of the previous business, the Seven Seas Restaurant.

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City won’t step in to stop Pandora’s Adult Cabaret

July 5th, 2011 by Mike

Update July 6: Pandora’s announced on its Facebook page that it won’t open its doors as planned today “because we’re still awaiting our final inspection for Pandora’s. This should take place any day and we’re not expecting any issues to further delay our Grand Opening! As soon as we get the all clear I’ll let you all know.”

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The city’s planning department has no reason to block Pandora’s Adult Cabaret from opening, according to a letter received today.

The club is set to open on Wednesday, July 6, at 8914 Lake City Way N.E. That location is right on the line that splits the Maple Leaf and Wedgwood neighborhoods, and the community councils of both have written the city to say they believe the club’s permit was improperly issued.

But today Diane Sugimura, director of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development, rejected the councils’ argument:

Adult cabarets are allowed in most downtown, industrial and commercial zones, subject to dispersion requirements. Since this use is permitted in the zone, it does not require public notice and does not allow for a discretionary review. A strict reading of the current code, coupled with the dispersion analysis provided by the applicant and verified by DPD did not give us reason to deny the adult cabaret permit.

The letter says the councils’ reasoning that the club is too close to a Maple Leaf day care business doesn’t apply because the business is not a city recognized “child care center.” “In this case, we do not believe an error has been made.”

It also rejects arguments the councils made that the site is improperly zoned. The full text of the letter is here.

“At this point, it is unclear what the ‘next steps’ will be although this topic will be a source of discussion amongst several groups over the coming days,” Per Johnson of the Wedgwood council writes on their website.

Construction at the club continued this morning, although the sign outside still carried the name of the previous business, the Seven Seas Restaurant.

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Pandora's strip club to open next week; neighborhood councils still opposed

June 29th, 2011 by Mike

The owner of Pandora’s Adult Cabaret told community councils on Tuesday that he intends to open the strip club after the July 4 holidays.

Both the Maple Leaf and the Wedgwood community councils have gone on record as saying the club, at  8914 Lake City Way N.E., is improperly permitted.

But Joe Walker told the councils he drove through most of the city looking for a site where a strip club would be allowed.

According to a post on the Wedgwood council site:

This meeting followed the request of Mr. Walker, who posted in the comments section of several community blogs that he would like to meet to discuss his 27 years in the adult business. All of Mr. Walker’s former experience was with Talents West, owned by the Colacurcio family, where he was the head DJ at Sugar’s, Honey’s, and finally at Rick’s Strip Club. Mr. Walker explained why he thought the infamous Rick’s Strip Club was so disliked by the neighbors and its immediate surrounding community as well as why he thought Pandora’s Adult Cabaret would be different.

This gesture of Mr. Walker was welcomed by the community councils; however, did nothing to change our contention that the Pandora Adult Cabaret shouldn’t be allowed by the City.

The council post also noted that although strip clubs can’t serve alcohol, the Shanty Tavern next to the club can. “Currently, the Shanty is opened two nights a week, but Mr. Walker recognized that this could change depending upon what the owner of the Shanty Tavern wanted to do. Mr. Walker’s approach though is that he would rather have intoxicated men/women come in and sober up in his club instead of driving elsewhere.”

We are awaiting a response from the City to our June 15th email and June 21st joint letter detailing our opposition to the permit issuance.

The full council post can be read here.

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Pandora’s strip club to open next week; neighborhood councils still opposed

June 29th, 2011 by Mike

The owner of Pandora’s Adult Cabaret told community councils on Tuesday that he intends to open the strip club after the July 4 holidays.

Both the Maple Leaf and the Wedgwood community councils have gone on record as saying the club, at  8914 Lake City Way N.E., is improperly permitted.

But Joe Walker told the councils he drove through most of the city looking for a site where a strip club would be allowed.

According to a post on the Wedgwood council site:

This meeting followed the request of Mr. Walker, who posted in the comments section of several community blogs that he would like to meet to discuss his 27 years in the adult business. All of Mr. Walker’s former experience was with Talents West, owned by the Colacurcio family, where he was the head DJ at Sugar’s, Honey’s, and finally at Rick’s Strip Club. Mr. Walker explained why he thought the infamous Rick’s Strip Club was so disliked by the neighbors and its immediate surrounding community as well as why he thought Pandora’s Adult Cabaret would be different.

This gesture of Mr. Walker was welcomed by the community councils; however, did nothing to change our contention that the Pandora Adult Cabaret shouldn’t be allowed by the City.

The council post also noted that although strip clubs can’t serve alcohol, the Shanty Tavern next to the club can. “Currently, the Shanty is opened two nights a week, but Mr. Walker recognized that this could change depending upon what the owner of the Shanty Tavern wanted to do. Mr. Walker’s approach though is that he would rather have intoxicated men/women come in and sober up in his club instead of driving elsewhere.”

We are awaiting a response from the City to our June 15th email and June 21st joint letter detailing our opposition to the permit issuance.

The full council post can be read here.

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Owner of strip club offers to meet with neighborhood councils

June 23rd, 2011 by Mike

Earlier this morning Joe Walker, who identified himself as the owner of Pandora’s Adult Cabaret on Lake City Way, offered to meet with the community councils which have raised questions about the strip club’s permit.

Our previous posts on the club, 8914 Lake City Way N.E., have generated considerable comments both in Maple Leaf and in Wedgwood.

Walker wrote on both Maple Leaf Life and Wedgwood View:

As the owner of Pandora’s, I would appreciate an opportunity to meet with both the Wedgewood Community Council and the Maple Leaf Community Council to address any and all concerns each may have regarding the impact on the surrounding neighborhoods.
Having worked in the adult business here in Seattle for the last 27 years I am well aware of both the real and imagined effects this business can have.
Thank you for your time
Joe Walker

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