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Court: Permit for Raleigh strip club OK

Posted April 7, 2009 1:33 p.m. EDT
Updated April 7, 2009 3:56 p.m. EDT

— The state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that Raleigh officials properly issued a permit for a strip club in northwest Raleigh.

The ruling is the latest chapter in a three-year battle over the proposed Capital Cabaret club on Mount Herman Road, near Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Neighbors have fought the club, which formerly went by the name The Runway, saying it would adversely affect the value of their businesses.

The state Supreme Court ruled in December that the neighbors had the legal standing to challenge the city permit because of the traffic, parking and safety concerns they raised. The case was sent back to the Court of Appeals to rule on those issues.

The appellate court determined that the Raleigh Board of Adjustment examined all of the issues brought up by neighboring property owners and determined the club met the requirements for a special permit.

The court also said the club didn't even need a permit because it wasn't located within 2,000 feet of residential areas, offices, churches, day cares, schools or other adult clubs. A nearby karate school was more than 2,000 feet away, the court determined.

City officials approved plans for the club in February, meaning construction could begin on the two-story, 10,700-square-foot building. Plans include a large stage and several VIP rooms.

Thee Doll House on Yonkers Road, which opened in 1992, was the last new strip club approved in Raleigh.