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Doctors may call former Pasadena strip joint home

A notorious Pasadena topless bar will be turned into a medical office building or converted to some other wholesome use, a representative of the new owners said Tuesday.

The former Pleasures Gentleman's Club at 3570-72 East Foothill Blvd. has been acquired by Galapagos Holdings, a real estate investment firm based in Pasadena and controlled by Pasadena businessman Steve Schultz. The seller was the Summers Family Partnership, according to real estate broker Bill Ukropina of Coldwell Banker Commercial, who represented both parties in the deal.

“Everyone involved in this transaction is very pleased that the property has finally been sold," Ukropina said. "The fact that a well-known and local investor like Steve Schultz, who owns many other commercial properties in Pasadena, is the buyer means that a new and much better use for our local community will soon occupy this prime property."

Other possible uses for the 12,000-square-foot building include converting it to office space or a store, Shultz said. Its sale price was not disclosed, but local real estate experts familiar with the property estimated that the buyer paid close to $4 million.

Undercover officers said they saw patrons at Pleasures Gentleman's Club engage in sexual acts with entertainers. Dancers there were cited for excessive nudity and illegal physical contact in 2007, according to a local media report at the time.

 -- Roger Vincent

 
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