Thursday, August 18, 2005
In the hinterlands of the Main-line, a forbidden fruit is being pollinated on a withered tree.
- Battle lines have formed over a Chester County woman's proposal to bring an adult nightclub with live performances to a site near the King of Prussia mall.
Shannon Leach of Chester Springs wants to open Upper Merion Township's first "adult cabaret" in a vacant gas station at 1036 W. DeKalb Pike.
The site is across from the Valley Forge Golf Course, where a mixed-use development including a number of homes is planned by Realen Properties of Berwyn. It is also adjacent to a Home Depot that sells tools and building materials.
Leach's plans have angered neighbors, clergy and businesspeople, who object to its location and the clientele it will draw to King of Prussia.
Plans filed with the township show that the club's first floor would include a "cigarette and champagne room." Space on the second floor would be added for a kitchen, dressing rooms and storage.
In a letter dated Jan. 10, the applicant spelled out the degree of nudity expected.
"Limitations on how sexually explicit the adult cabaret would be in terms of attire and live performances" would depend on Shannon Leach's getting a liquor license, the letter said.
"Absent a liquor license, the establishment would have to derive all of its revenue from the girls," the letter said, and attire and live performances would need to be "more sexually explicit."
Molly McGowan, spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, said Tuesday that no application had been received for a liquor license at the site.