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All Star loses appeal thanks to the help of 8MBA and local residents

May 21, 2014 2:24 PM | Deleted user

Winfred Blackmon, President of Shaefer 7/8 Lodge Association in front of the abandoned All Star's Club

After months of hearings, court proceedings and advocacy, it appears that the former All Star Adult Entertainment Facility will be prohibited from ever opening its doors again on Eight Mile Road. Since 2011, the facility has been fighting to reopen its doors after being padlocked as a result of several run-ins with the law. On Tuesday, April 29, 2014 Judge Gillis of the Michigan 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in Wayne County officially affirmed a February 21, 2013 decision of Detroit’s Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) to determine the adult use legally “abandoned”, extinguishing its ability to re-open. 

8MBA along with the Schaefer 7/8 Lodge Association and dozens of area residents and even neighborhood associations from throughout the City of Detroit formed an advocacy coalition that urged the City of Detroit’s Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) to deny the facility’s attempts to re-open by transferring a liquor license, which it lost after several violations of law, to the business. After four hearings, the BZA ruled that the adult use formerly on the property was legally “abandoned”, preventing the transfer as well as the re-opening of the facility. Because of zoning restrictions which prevent the opening of adult entertainment facilities on Eight Mile, All Stars was a “non-conforming use”. The decisions of the Court and BZA extinguish that status and prevent the facility from re-opening.

According to the City of Detroit Attorney who argued the case, Senior Assistant Corporation Counsel John Nader, All Star could file an Application for Leave to Appeal, which essentially means that they would have to fight to appeal their most recent appeal, which a higher court does not have to grant.

8MBA will continue to monitor this issue and ensure that this victory for the greater Eight Mile community is maintained. We sincerely appreciate the courage and wisdom of the employees and officials who stood up for the rule of law and supported the vitality and safety of Detroit’s neighborhoods.

Read the Order & Opinion //HERE

Learn more about the path to closure for All Star:

- Controversial All Star Gentlemen's Club fighting to reopen after being padlocked three years ago
10/2012 - Reopening of Detroit’s All Star strip club opposed
12/2011 - Police Shut Down Detroit Strip Club

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