The Stadium Club is believed to be opening its doors this month in the 2100 Queens Chapel Road NE, next to club DC Star.
The new club's owners paid $1.15 million to buy the nude dance license from the manager of Nexus Gold, a strip club that was at First and I streets SE, according to records filed with the D.C. liquor board. Nexus Gold shut down a few years ago when the owner of the land where the club sat sold out to make way for the development of new apartments and office buildings around the Nationals Park.
It is tough to figure out all the details of the new Stadium Club. The phone number listed on a Web site is disconnected. James T. "Tru" Redding, who is listed on the club's Web site as the new owner and the owner of a commercial and residential construction company -- didn't return a phone call and e-mail last week seeking comment.
The club's Web site - stadiumclubdc.com - promises "special VIP rooms for private dance experiences with stadium girls," and "up front table dances" for $20 a song, plus valet parking for up to 75 cars next door.
William Shelton, an advisory neighborhood commissioner in Ward 5, said the area feels "like it has taken its brunt" with having nightclubs, noting there are five clubs near the Stadium Club.
"We're worried about the parking impact, how it will use up police resources, and that people will be lurking around the neighborhood when they leave the club," he said. He said he and other neighborhood leaders met with Redding who assured them that he was bringing in a manager who had family ties to Ward 5.
In 2007, residents in Ward 5 successfully fought against a plan to create strip bar zone in the community for clubs displaced by the new baseball stadium. Under a law, only two of the six displaced clubs can move to any one ward.
-- Dana Hedgpeth