A strip mall in Chanceford Township that was once home to a district judge's office and a Christian-based gym could house a members-only "adult cabaret" if it's granted a special exception.
According to an application provided to The York Dispatch by the township, the plan calls for the club, "featuring live nude female dancers," to be housed in 6,500 square feet of space at Brogue Center, 2512 Delta Road.
The application doesn't mention if there would be male dancers, too.
The club would feature 10 separate rooms for "private entertainment" and patrons would be allowed to bring beverages on the premises. The business would have the innocuous -- not harmful -- name of "The Office," the application says.
Dry: Allowing alcohol to be brought on site in a dry township worried some residents.
Steve Snyder said it could cause additional crashes on Route 74, the major road in the rural township.
"Alcohol and people don't mix," Snyder, a township resident, said. "They have enough crashes on 74. Imagine if you get people drinking."
The application is signed by Chris Cinkaj of Cinkaj Brogue Property and Terry Sutton and Gabe Tsoukalis, both of Brogue Limited Property. Cinkaj and Brogue Limited Partnership jointly own the strip mall.
In a phone message, Sutton said he filed the application. He could not be reached for additional comment. Cinkaj and Tsoukalis could not be reached for comment Wednesday night.
Sutton filed the application earlier this month and a special exception hearing before the zoning hearing board will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 23 at the township office, 51 Muddy Creek Forks Road.
Zoned: The property is zoned general commercial but an adult-oriented facility requires a special exception to open there.
If granted the exception and the business opens, it would employ 12 people -- eight full-time and four part-time. It would "establish a membership requirement" for patrons to enter the business, according to the application.
Kelso Haugh, a township resident, said he hadn't heard about the plans until Wednesday night. He was not pleased when he learned of them.
"We don't need that kind of crap down here," he said.
Judge office: The strip mall once housed former District Judge Nancy Edie's office. That office closed at the end of 2011 when Edie retired and county commissioners opted not to renew its lease for the space in 2012.
Vision Fitness, a faith-based gym, also occupied the location but relocated at the end of 2012 and is now part of Grace Fellowship Church Shrewsbury. The strip mall is currently home to Roma's Pizza & Italian Restaurant, a People's Bank branch and Sugar & Spice Family Restaurant.
The property is mainly surrounded by fields with a few scattered homes, at least one of which was converted to a doctor's office, and businesses nearby.
Snyder said he likes the rural aspects of the township, adding a nude-dancing club isn't what the township needs. He'd rather see a business that is children oriented open in the strip mall.
"I heard about it and I don't really like it. I think that's a bad idea," he said. "I'd like to see something better than that go in."
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