Sugar's Strip Club on Aurora Ave. has a long history of illegal prostitution, money laundering and racketeering. Seattle Police eventually busted Frank Colacurcio Sr. and Frank Colacurcio Jr., the club's family owners, in 2009 for using it as a front for their illegal activites. The government seized the building in 2010.
As Christian Post is now reporting, Bethany Community Church has become the building's unlikely new lease holders, who hope to convert the strip club into a Christian community center with church offices and a coffee shop:
"When we first entered the building it had a very dark feeling; smoke filled carpets, black painted ceilings and walls, and mirrors everywhere," Scott Sund, associate pastor at Bethany Community told The Christian Post. "Before we started demolition, we met on Easter weekend and prayed and sang in the space to usher in the new story God was going to write through this place. It's God's story, we just get to play a small part."
Interestingly enough, the idea came from the church's children's director. The church has a five-year lease on the spot, which it plans to renew.