Denver wants to preserve a piece of its strip of the eclectic and historic Colfax Avenue, only it’s not a timeworn theater or towering cathedral — but a strip club sign.
BusinessDen shared the news late last week about the city’s plans to ensure the sign, reading “nude dancing,” outside of an East Colfax strip club isn’t tossed. The news outlet said the site is targeted for redevelopment, but Denver Councilwoman Mary Beth Susman has asked the city Department of Finance’s real estate division to preserve the sign, which it agreed to.
Why save a strip club sign? BusinessDen’s Thomas Gounley explains its history on Colfax:
The sign, first installed 68 years ago, most recently advertised PT’s All Nude II, a strip club that closed in 2016. The city purchased the property and an adjacent parking lot in October for $1.3 million, using funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The city plans to ask developers later this year to submit proposals for the site; it will likely require an affordable housing component.
Susman said the neon signs along Colfax are a key part of the city’s history, and it’s undecided whether the sign will remain at the property or be relocated.
BusinessDen notes however the sign will likely be altered, to remove the word nude and restore it to its pre-strip club days.