Anne Arundel County bill restricts after-hours nightclubs for teen-agers

May 07, 1999|By Devon Spurgeon | Devon Spurgeon,SUN STAFF

A bill passed by the Anne Arundel County Council this week has helped Brooklyn Park residents win a battle they've waged against an after-hours teen nightclub.

The bill prohibits these types of establishments from locating within 1,000 feet of a school or church. The club was to have opened a block from Park Elementary School on 11th Avenue.

"The school was built three years ago, and we are concerned about the amount of graffiti, vandalism and other activities that would detract from our building and library," said Principal Diane Lenzi.

Mark Avery, a native of the working-class neighborhood, wanted to open an alcohol-free dance spot called Club Lightnin'. Avery also owns six bail bonds businesses in the Baltimore area.

His plan was to put Club Lightnin' in a 14,000 square-foot space beneath Ollie's Bargain Outlet in a shopping center at 11th Avenue and Ritchie Highway.

Between 8 p.m. and midnight on Friday and Saturday, the club would have been open to young adults. After midnight, only customers age 21 and older would have been admitted.

Avery ran into trouble when residents complained about his plan to County Councilwoman Pamela G. Beidle, who represents the 1st District.

Beidle drafted the bill in response to concerns about traffic and other problems at a similar club in Baltimore County.

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