Proposed strip club withdraws license application

Applicants who proposed opening a strip club on I Street withdrew their application Wednesday after an attorney called for dismissal.

Andrew Kline, an attorney at Veritas law firm, found that the location of Effigy Nightclub at 1720 I St. NW., would be less than 600 feet from AKA White House, a corporate housing apartment building. According to D.C. law, that is too close to a residential property, the Washington Business Journal reported.

Kline called for the dismissal of the establishment’s application on behalf of surrounding landlords, and the Alcohol Beverage Control Board approved the owner’s withdrawal Wednesday, according to the Washington Business Journal.

Opponents hired Kline from Veritas, a firm that has represented businesses in hundreds of cases before D.C.’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, although he had not represented the protesting side in license cases in almost 30 years, the Washington Business Journal reported.

The Foggy Bottom and West End Advisory Neighborhood Commission protested Effigy’s license application in July because of the potential negative effects on the surrounding neighborhood and property values. The Dupont Circle ANC, which oversees the planned location of the nightclub, also opposed the license.

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