A hearing on a proposed strip club in Chanceford Township nearly came to an end Monday night when two attorneys for the township argued that state law prohibits such a club.
During previous testimony, Terry Sutton, the property co-owner who is seeking a variance from the township to allow the club, called The Office, said it would feature all-nude dancers and patrons would be allowed to bring their own alcohol.
However, under a state law, all-nude dancers and BYOB don't mix, said Eric Suter, an attorney for the township.
"There's a statute that says you got to wear something," he said.
Suter and Timothy Bupp, the second attorney for the township, told zoning hearing board members the board had no choice but to deny Sutton's request.
After a roughly 20-minute closed door executive session, the board opted to continue the hearing because there was doubt it has the power to deny an application on anything other than zoning guidelines.
Pasties: Chris Vedder, an attorney representing Sutton, said the dancers wouldn't be totally nude. They'd wear g-strings and pasties.
Monday marked the third night of the hearing for the proposed club in Brogue Center strip mall. The hearing started in April.
The club would be a members-only "adult cabaret," featuring live, partially nude female dancers and private rooms in 6,500 square feet. People would have to be at least 21 years old to apply to become club members, who would be allowed to bring in up to 72 ounces of beer, 750 milliliters of wine or 200 milliliters of spirits.
It would feature five private rooms and would employ seven people full time. A further five to 15 entertainers would also work there.
The site of the proposed club is zoned general commercial, but an adult-oriented facility requires a special exception to open there. In April, the planning commission voted to recommend the zoning hearing board not grant an exception.
Home schooled: Jay Smeltzer and his family live across the road from Brogue Center, a strip mall where the club could open.
Smeltzer said his children are home schooled in the house and the club would have an adverse effect on them.
"I think they (the children) would be corrupted by it," he said. "What would we see from our front window?"
Robert Gochenour, a Realtor with Beiler-Campbell Realtors, said if the strip club were to open, Smeltzer's home, and other properties in the area, would be worth less.
"I would expect properties in this community could be harder to market and harder to sell," he said. "Rural buyers in southern York County wold not want to live close to this."
When questioned by a resident about what that would mean for property taxes, Gochenour said that value, too, would likely decrease.
The hearing will continue at 6 p.m. Thursday at Clearview Elementary School, 2650 Delta Road. During the hearing, members of the public will be able to address the board and give their testimony on the club.
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