Former Troubled Nightclub Goes Up for Lease

By: Jennifer Rizzi Email
By: Jennifer Rizzi Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The building of a former troubled nightclub is now up for lease, leaving neighbors wondering what will come next.

City leaders called Sky Lounge, located along Capitol Street, a nuisance and a spot known to attract violence.

The club saw both a stabbing and a shooting in the past two years.

Neighbors tell that seeing the doors locked is a relief. But they can't agree on what should take its place.

Kevin Lewis wouldn't mind seeing another bar move in, if proper safety precautions are taken.

"Anything that would bring people downtown would be good, especially a younger crowd," Lewis said.

Ralph Moyer works next to the building and disagreed, arguing that Capitol Street is already saturated with bars.

"I would love to see a professional office ... either a lawyer, a doctor, or a dentist," he said. "I think the bars on this block are overwhelming the professional businesses."

Charleston Mayor Danny Jones says another late-night business isn't out of the question, but it would have to be different. He doesn't recommend a liquor license for any joint that doesn't also focus on serving food.

Jones told that managers would have to prove it by investing in a quality kitchen.

Neighbors like Lewis say no matter what takes its place, proper management is the key to success.

"If they wanted to put another bar in there, they would have to put one that was well managed so it wouldn't cause any problems," he said.

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