Grants Pass, OR – Larry Lacey owner of Club 71, Josephine County’s only strip club, and owner of the old Palace building on the corner of 5th and “G” streets downtown, is getting all of his building permits despite there still being a stop-work order issued by the city. Earlier Lacey successfully gained the right to reoccupy his building which had been under an order to vacate premises due to some structural work that needed to be inspected. Work that Lacey says he passed by the same engineer, Shane Earp, who the city used to sign-off on the possible instability of the building. Lacey maintains he approached and solidified a deal with Earp to provide structural engineering for his building and would frequent his office providing Earp with drawings and questions. Earp, however, tells a different story.
According to Earp, who called the US~Observer after reading the previous article on Lacey’s building, he is concerned that there will be a perception that he had a contract to do the work for Lacey. Earp flatly denies there ever having been a contract and even went so far to say that he only rarely saw Lacey. Lacey says, however, that they had agreed on a figure for the work as Earp was going to be moving and needed his expenses paid.
With some officials keeping pressure on Lacey and others willing to provide him with permits it’s hard to tell what is really going on, but one thing is for sure Lacey is moving forward with his plans to occupy the building with a business. Having filed suit in federal court against several key city officials, he just might have smooth sailing. But then again, it was recently reported that his water was shut off.
Tune in next time …