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Originally published Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 5:24 PM

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City asks court to shut down Jiggles strip club

The city of Seattle on Thursday asked the King County Superior Court to shut down Jiggles, a strip club in the University District that opened last month.

Seattle Times staff reporter

The city of Seattle on Thursday asked King County Superior Court to shut down Jiggles, a strip club in the University District that opened last month.

The injunction filed by the City Attorney's Office says that the business, owned by Bob Davis, violates city zoning and building codes.

Davis' attorney, Kristin Olson, said she plans to fight the shutdown.

Jiggles opened Dec. 16 and almost immediately the city's Department of Planning and Development (DPD) received complaints. In the weeks since, the department has carried out an investigation, which led to Thursday's injunction.

Among the main issues is the club's location at 5220 Roosevelt Way N.E., which sits near a school, child-care center, community center and a public park.

Under city law, new "adult cabarets" — strip clubs, basically — require a buffer distance of at least 800 feet from places where children congregate.

The city says Jiggles is 60 feet away from the University Child Development School across the street; 569 feet from the YMCA, which includes a child-care center; and 716 feet from a community center/child-care facility. It's also 788 feet from a park at Ninth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 50th Street, according to the complaint.

Other violations, such as a lack of exit signs, also were listed.

Davis used to run Giggles, a comedy club, in that same spot. He does have an "adult-entertainment premises license," according to the city.

But when Giggles became Jiggles, Davis failed to obtain another permit from the city establishing a new use for the property, according to the complaint.

Olson disagrees.

"Our position all along has been that Jiggles has all the proper permits in place," she said. "If I have to go to court on it, I will."

In the meantime, as the injunction makes it way through court, Jiggles can continue to operate, said Kimberly Mills, spokeswoman for the City Attorney's Office.

Sonia Krishnan: 206-515-5546 or skrishnan@seattletimes.com

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