Cephas gains ground in her fight against area strip club
PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 12 – Responding to public outcry, state Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., took action and gained ground in her fight to shut down a strip club that’s operating in her community.
Cephas, along with the local ACHIEVEability registered community organization, or RCO, acted quickly, filed the proper paperwork, and got the Zoning Board of Adjustments to grant a public meeting to hear concerns from the community at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25.
“Several residents had complained about noise, fights, and other nuisance behaviors at this place in the past, and I feared things would get worse,” Cephas said.
The community expressed anger over claims they were not properly contacted about a zoning board hearing in July that rendered the original decision.
“Because many told me they missed their chance to voice their concerns, I’m glad they will finally get their chance next month,” Cephas explained.
Cephas hopes the special permit that allowed the businesses, located at 6143 Market St. near a church, daycare, and popular transit hub, to operate as an adult cabaret, which is defined as a club featuring exotic dancing entertainment that typically serves alcohol, will be revoked.
Police have been called to the establishment more than a dozen times for reported illegal activity since it’s opening in January of last year. On two separate occasions, the occupants of the building submitted requests to operate as a night club but were denied.
“If the doors of this adult club are finally closed, it would allow us to successfully revitalize the area,” Cephas explained. “The nuisance business will no longer create an unsafe environment, but instead, attract other desirable business to the corridor.”
Community residents are encouraged to attend and testify at the hearing, which will be held at One Parkway Building, 1515 Arch St., 18th floor.