El Dorado license holder plans club on The Block

City paid Jackson family $700,000 to give up its strip joint on west side

October 27, 2001|By Scott Calvert | Scott Calvert,SUN STAFF

A member of the family that feuded publicly with the city over its now-shuttered El Dorado Lounge strip club on downtown Baltimore's west side is rejoining the skin industry - this time on The Block.

Rosalie Jackson plans to open a new adult entertainment business at 408 E. Baltimore St., now home to the 408 Club, with Peter W. Ireland Sr. of Timonium.

But the El Dorado - whose owners received $700,000 from the city for having to close - is not relocating there, said Lisa Harris Jones, the Jackson family's attorney.

FOR THE RECORD - An article in Saturday's Maryland section about plans by the owners of the El Dorado Lounge for opening a new club on The Block incorrrectly identified Peter W. Ireland Sr. as a one-time co-owner of the Oasis Nite Club. He managed the club. The Sun regrets the error.

"It's a totally different business going in there," she said.

She said that Kenneth A. Jackson, Rosalie's son and former manager of the El Dorado, is not involved in the new venture.

Instead, Ireland is expected to manage the as-yet unnamed club. He is a veteran of the city's tenderloin district, having managed and co-owned the Oasis Nite Club on the same block of East Baltimore Street. He could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Rosalie Jackson has applied to transfer her liquor license from 322 W. Baltimore St., former home of the El Dorado, seven blocks east to 408 E. Baltimore St. She also wants to transfer ownership of the license from El Dorado Lounge Inc. to a company called NDM LLC that she and Ireland formed in June. The city liquor board has scheduled a hearing for Nov. 29.

The city used its condemnation power to acquire the El Dorado building and several others to make way for Bank of America's proposed $60.8 million Centerpoint retail and residential complex.

The city paid the Jacksons $450,000 for the building, twice what the family paid for it four years earlier. In August, the city paid the family $250,000 more to settle a lawsuit brought by the Jacksons alleging that the city reneged on a deal to move the club to South Gay Street, near The Block.

City officials abandoned that relocation plan amid a furor over the proposal's legality and appropriateness.

Rosalie Jackson's Oct. 15 application to the liquor board was signed by five people - a formality meant to attest to the applicant's identity. One signer was former City Councilman Anthony J. Ambridge, who in an interview called Ireland and Kenneth A. Jackson "upstanding guys."

Kenneth Jackson, meanwhile, is part of a new enterprise: Britton's Restaurant at 889 N. Howard St. A mid-November opening is planned.

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