Strip club proposed near Seattle elementary school



Posted on November 11, 2010 at 11:19 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 11 at 11:59 PM

'Jiggles' strip club

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SEATTLE – It used to house a comedy club, but neighbors say the new plans for a storefront on Roosevelt Way are no laughing matter.

The property owner wants to turn “Giggles” to “Jiggles”- a strip club.

An ad has been taken out in two alternative newspapers advertising the need for dancers and other employees, and a recorded message says Jiggles plans to open in December.

“We’re a little confused about why he’s taking out the advertisements,” says Roosevelt Neighbor’s Alliance member Emily Griffin.

“It seems like in our neighborhood this is the worst location they could possibly put it,” says her husband, RNA president Mark Griffin.

The proposed club at 52nd Avenue Northeast and Roosevelt Way is directly across the street from the University Child Development School, a private elementary school.

Seattle Municipal Code clearly states “any proposed new or expanding adult cabaret must be 800 feet or more from … a community center, child care center, or school.”

“It’s very visible from the children’s playground,” says Emily.

The Giggles property owner did not return phone calls late Thursday and a license check shows he does not have the proper permit to operate an adult cabaret.

“We would like this city and this gentleman to look at another location,” says Mark.

Paula Smith, the head of the school, says it will “do anything possible to stop (the club)” and “I have confidence the city will step in and not allow this to happen.”