Wanna buy a strip club? Real estate agent says Spanky’s East will be listed for six figures. – lehighvalleylive.com
Do you want to buy a strip club? Because the owners of Spanky’s East in Wilson Borough are looking for a buyer.
The club at 1700 Butler St. is going up for sale, in a bid to sell the business that Northampton County prosecutors have sought to shut down under nuisance laws.
District Attorney John Morganelli and the club’s attorney, Paul Bender, were in court Friday for what was supposed to be a hearing for a judge to determine if the property would be closed for one year under the nuisance designation.
Spanky’s East has been closed since Feb. 5, when it was suddenly shut down after a judge agreed it’s a nuisance to the community based on a recent shooting and years of criminal activity. The hearing would determine if the business should be closed for the one year allowed under the law.
Bender said the owners are selling the site, and he had real estate agent Lucy Lennon, of Boutique One Properties, with him in court.
Morganelli said he would agree with postponing the hearing for another 30 days so the club’s owners can try to find a buyer. If the property sells, the nuisance case is moot.
Residents also have no issue with the hearings being continued because the business is still closed in the meantime, he added.
“They’re good that the place has been closed all this time,” Morganelli said.
Judge Samuel Murray agreed to postpone the hearing until April 18, and allow a lock box to placed on the doors so Lennon can show the site to prospective buyers.
But the judge said that if a buyer is not found in the next 30 days, he would move forward with the hearing, and the owners could still sell it afterward if they wanted.
Bender and Lennon would not divulge the asking price, but Lennon said it would be six figures. It’s not clear if the owners are selling the property and liquor license, or just the property.
The property was last sold for $500,000 in 2005 to Mirage LP, according to Northampton County property records.
Morganelli has called the club a “gathering place for known criminals and gang members.”
A murder outside the club in 2006 and a triple shooting inside the establishment on Jan. 19 are part of the 165 calls at the club since 2006. It’s been the site of attempted murders, shootings, assaults, drug overdoses, prostitution, drug activity and noise complaints, Morganelli previously said.
The owner is listed as Mirage LP and the liquor license owner is AMPM Inc., according to court papers.
The president of AMPM Inc. is listed on the Pennsylvania Department of State website as James Athens, of Verona, N.J. The owner of Mirage LP is listed as 1700 Butler Realty LLC. No officers are listed on the Department of State site for 1700 Butler Realty LLC.
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