Friday, October 08, 2004

Gay club owner vows to fight stadium

Ambrose says new club zone ‘won’t fly’ with District residents
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.

The Washington Blade
Oct. 08, 2004

A gay landlord who owns the buildings that serve as home to all but one of the gay clubs slated to be displaced by a new D.C. baseball stadium said he may file a lawsuit to challenge the city’s plans to acquire his properties through eminent domain.

“I’m worried about my family of tenants on that block,” said Bob Siegel, owner of Glorious Health & Amusements, an adult video arcade catering to gay men. “I have the money and the resources to challenge the city, even if I have to go to the Supreme Court.”

D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams and other city officials plan to meet with Siegel and other gay business owners on the unit block of O Street, SE, where the clubs are located, to discuss ways to help them relocate to another part of the city, according to Christopher Bender, a spokesperson for the District’s Office of Planning & Development.

“We want to sit down with these businesses and try to see if we can meet in the middle,” Bender said. “We want to reach an amenable solution for them which works for the city and the entire community.”

Read the entire article here on the Washington Blade website.