York Dispatch reporter Greg Gross will be tweeting from Thursday night's meeting of the Chanceford Township Zoning Hearing Board, which is scheduled to act on a proposed "adult cabaret" at the 2512 Delta Road strip mall. Follow @ydcrime on Twitter for live updates.
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Originally reported May 5, 2013:
Linked hand in hand, more than 100 people sang "Amazing Grace" on Sunday as they formed a prayer chain that encircled the Chanceford Township strip mall that could house a strip club.
"I'm for God. I'm not for anything that opposes God," said Joanie Schade of Shrewsbury. "I just pray that God's will will be done."
After the group of people opposed to the strip club, which is to be called "The Office," broke hands, many began walking laps around the Brogue Center. Some sang as they went, while others talked to people walking beside them.
Others stood in front of the building, hands placed on its wall, and bowed their heads in prayer.
The vigil, organized by a township woman, brought together people from the area as they prayed in hopes of causing a group of developers petitioning the township for a special exception to have a change of heart about their endeavor.
Not changing: However, property co-owner Terry Sutton, one of the men who signed the application requesting a special exception, said in a phone interview Sunday afternoon that he has no intention of withdrawing the request.
"We have a tenant who wants to lease the space," he said. "Its an entity that hasn't been created yet."
However, the plan has already hit one bump. In April, the township planning commission voted to recommend the zoning hearing board not grant an exception at the zoning board's Thursday, May 23 meeting.
The proposed club would be a members-only "adult cabaret," featuring live nude female dancers, housed in 6,500 square feet at the 2512 Delta Road strip mall.
People must be at least 21 years old to apply to become club members. The members would be allowed to bring up to 72 ounces of alcohol.
Sutton said the age limit goes beyond what township calls for. The ordinance says anyone 18 and over can enter a strip club in the township but since patrons would be able to bring alcohol on premises, the developers wanted to increase the minimum age to 21, Sutton said.
The site of the proposed club is zoned general commercial but an adult-oriented facility requires a special exception to open there.
"You have to follow the zoning ordinance, and we meet all the criteria," he said.
Staff at the club would include a receptionist, two waitresses, two floor hosts and a disc jockey. Also, up to 50 dancers would be contracted to work at the club, and the patrons would pay dancers for private entertainment.
Chris Cinkaj, of Cinkaj Brogue Property, and Gabe Tsoukalis, of Brogue Limited Property, also signed an application requesting a special exception.
Prayer: As the vigil got under way, Pastor Dan Warner of Antioch 1611 Baptist Church in Stewartstown led the mass of people in prayer.
"I pray for the owners of his property. I pray for the supervisors. They have a big decision to make," he said.
As Warner said the prayer through a bullhorn, some people who joined him let out the occasional "Amen."
"I pray that you would stop, Lord, any evil that would come into this community," Warner continued.
Joyce Kline attended the vigil with her daughter-in-law, Heather Kline, and granddaughter, Faith Kline, 12, all of Airville.
"It's just a nice, little, quiet community and we don't want that moving in here," Joyce Kline said.
But should the club open, Heather Kline said it would only strengthen her beliefs.
"If it does come in, it's just going to test our Christian beliefs," she said.
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