Green-Lighted Strip Club Upsets Neighborhoods

Friday, Jun 24, 2011  |  Updated 9:33 PM EDT
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Some residents in northeast Washington are upset about plans to build a strip club in their neighborhood.

Derrick Ward

Some residents in northeast Washington are upset about plans to build a strip club in their neighborhood.

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The D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board green-lighted a new strip next to a special education school in northeast D.C., and many in the neighborhood are upset.

ABC approved the license application for Club AKA 555 in the 2000 block of West Virginia Avenue NE -- neighboring New Beginnings Vocational School and across the street from a church.

Don Padou argued before the board on behalf of more than 60 residents in the neighborhood.

“We are disappointed, but not surprised by the board’s decision,” he said. “The board has made it clear that it will rubber stamp strip club applications in Ward 5.”

In 2007, an application for a nude dancing establishment was turned back, but three strip clubs have relocated to Ward 5 in recent years after losing their prior addresses to Nationals Park.

Padou said he will seek a review of the decision by the Court of Appeals.

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