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Hundreds protest strip-club proposal

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BROGUE, Pa. (WHTM) -

It was a prayer service so large that state and local police were called in to patrol it.

It makes sense. The village of Brogue has a whopping 15 churches in it; one of the reasons why locals say there is no room for a strip club.

"It's not something for this township, its just not," said life-long resident Alice Uffelman.

The prayers of the crowd preceded what was supposed to be a decision by the township over a proposed adult entertainment facility. The business would be called 'The Office,' and would provide nude dancing, private rooms and BYOB.

If approved, it would occupy a strip mall off Delta Road.

"This is not reality, it's fantasy. This is not a brothel, it's a show," club consultant Eric Levy said during the meeting.

About 10 percent of the town's population flooded into the auditorium of Clearview Elementary School as Levy and an attorney for developer Terry Sutton were pressed with questions.

Those who prayed an hour before then poked fun at Levy's experience.

But 'The Office' is not the only establishment vying for a spot in the Brogue Shopping Center.

"We are a church in limbo," said Alan Miller, an elder at the Son of Light Chapel.

If their plan is approved, they will move within 30 feet of the gentleman's club; prime real estate according to Miller.

To think that he wants to get 148 people there every night, people who are actively seeking, people who have problems, and they will all be within 30 feet of our door? You couldn't ask for a better opportunity to minister," said Miller.

The meeting was held in the auditorium because the last time the club was discussed the turnout was so high that residents set up boxes outside the township building so they could interact through the window.

Due to the overwhelming response, the hearing will continue June 17.

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