SANGERVILLE, Maine — A Portland-area man has submitted a plan to town officials for the construction of a gentlemen’s club-nightclub-lounge at 1185 North Dexter Road.
Stephen D. Cardelli recently notified the town that he intends to complete the project by September. According to his application, Cardelli plans to sell food and offer entertainment. Although the application does not specify what kind of entertainment will be offered, at least one resident is concerned it will be a “strip joint.”
A former house on Cardelli’s property burned in February 2009 after a renter stored hot ashes too close to a wall, according to authorities. Only an enclosed in-ground pool remained on the property after the fire.
Cardelli plans to construct a building to house the nightclub-lounge, according to George Tozier, Sangerville’s code enforcement officer. He also plans to renovate the building that houses the in-ground pool and convert that into a gentlemen’s club.
Cardelli’s tax bill is mailed to a Portland address but no telephone number was provided and no further details were available on Cardelli’s application filed with the town.
“There’s very skimpy information on the application,” Tozier said Friday.
Resident Brent Randall, who recently was appointed as a planning board alternate, said he and his wife are concerned about the proposed business. “We don’t think it’s the proper place [for such a business],” Randall said Friday. Randall is encouraging residents to attend the next planning board meeting, at 6:30 p.m., June 10, in the town hall community room, when the issue will be further addressed. His perception of a gentlemen’s club is a “strip joint,” he said.
Tozier said the town has no zoning ordinance that prohibits such a venture. He said he had suggested to the planning board several years ago that they adopt a nudity ordinance that would have covered such an issue, but the majority of the board members felt it was not needed in the small community.
Jerry Peters, chairman of the planning board, said Friday that if enough residents are concerned about Cardelli’s proposal, then it’s possible the planning board could ask selectmen for a moratorium on the business venture until it could be taken to the voters of the town for a decision, he suggested.
Outside of the shoreland and nonresource protection zones in Sangerville, all a person needs to do is file an intent to improve a property; there is no permitting process, Peters said. The property owner, however, would have to follow the town’s other ordinances, he said.
Peters figures that Sangerville was selected for the business because the surrounding towns have ordinances that cover such businesses.