Posted by Jolene Nieves on April 01, 2016 at 10:41 AM
Councilman Henon released the following statement on the proposed opening of Saints and Sinners in the Northeast:
"Nearly two months ago, I spoke with the man who purchased The Rosewood building. He told me that he intended to keep this facility a catering hall. He said it would host special events, parties and ballroom dancing.
Late last week, I learned that The Rosewood is actually being advertised as a swingers’ club. I am frustrated that the new owner wasn't truthful. And I am angry that the community wasn't notified or included.
I want to be clear — I don’t support Saints and Sinners moving into The Rosewood. An adult venue like this can negatively impact the quality of life in this community and it especially affects the neighboring residences and businesses. It will keep new businesses from locating to and filling the vacancies at the nearby shopping center.
Since learning about the actual use, I’ve been in touch with L&I and the Philadelphia Police Department. There is a procedure for any club/business/facility to open, permits and clearances by L&I among them. We are looking at what has been done so far and what still needs to be done.
But I believe that the community needs to be heard. So at the next Upper Holmesburg Civic Association meeting, Saints and Sinners will be the topic of discussion.
The meeting details are as follows:
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Marian Hall on the St. Dominic’s School and Church campus
8532 Frankford Avenue (Benson Street)
I’ve invited the new owner of The Rosewood and future proprietor of this adult venue to attend, – in fact, I strongly encourage his attendance. L&I, the 8th Police District and my office will be there.
Most importantly, I want you to be there. The members of this community have to come out and make their voices heard on this issue. We need business owners, community group members and neighbors to ask questions and share their concerns about this kind of private adult club setting up shop in our neighborhood."