Kennedale about to say goodbye to sex business past

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The last vestige of Kennedale's sordid sexually oriented business district at Interstate 20 and Loop 820, the former Show Time Cabaret, has been bought by doctors who plan to convert the building into an urgent care clinic.

Kennedale City Manager Bob Hart welcomed the news. "This is the last one," he said.

Show Time Cabaret, a topless joint that opened in 2003, closed in February 2012 as the result of a settlement in a federal lawsuit, Hart said. The building has been vacant since.

The property, at 1298 W. Kennedale Parkway, was put up for sale in June with an $895,000 asking price. It never sold, and Grand Bank of Texas in Grand Prairie foreclosed in December.

The bank put the property on the market but lowered the price to $650,000, said Mark Allen, a broker with Sperry Van Ness/Visions Commercial, who represented the buyers, two doctors.

The sale to DeAndre Brown and Keith Rigsby took place March 25, Allen said. They bought the 6,459-square-foot building under the name Allegiant Financial Realty.

The portion of the limestone, green-roofed building that was the cabaret will be gutted and rebuilt as the clinic, to employ 14 workers not including the medical staff, Allen said. The clinic is slated to open later this year.

"The inside looks awful. It needs tons of work, but they're up for the challenge," Allen said of the buyers.

The new owner has asked Kennedale's economic development corporation for some assistance, but Hart said a decision hasn't been made. The request, he said, is outside the type of projects it normally helps, but it will be considered.

Allen said the building's location is ideal for a clinic because residents in that sector of Tarrant County have to drive about 30 minutes for emergency care.

"I do a lot of different transactions, but this is going to affect a lot of people who live along the 820 corridor," Allen said.

The smaller, back portion of the building that most recently had restaurants as tenants will be leased for a pharmacy or a dentist's office, he said.

Kennedale began ridding the community of sexually oriented businesses more than a decade ago, after determining that they had been deterring business growth at the city's primary gateway as well as its new town center project.

QuikTrip opened in November after acquiring three pieces of property that were once SOBs. Two years ago, Kennedale obtained the site of a former adult store through tax lien and tore the structure down. And about five years ago, Sundance Fence acquired and revamped a former adult business site, Hart said.

Wayne Burgdorf with Burgdorf Realty represented Grand Bank of Texas.

Dispute at Southwest

Union strife has come to Dallas-based Southwest Airlines, known for years as the home of happy employees.

Last week, airline ground workers picketed outside Southwest's Dallas Love Field home base, holding signs reading "Bags Fly Free Because of Me" and "Stop Outsourcing" to protest ongoing contract negotiations with the low-cost carrier.

Transport Workers Union Local 555 has been in talks with Southwest since July 2011, but the two sides have been unable to reach a deal. Southwest is proposing outsourcing jobs, increasing part-time workers and reducing medical benefits.

"We simply can't understand why management would compromise our tradition of excellence by making demands at the bargaining table to outsource our work, cut into our sick days, and make it harder for our members to be on the job," TWU Local 555 President Charles Cerf said in a statement. "If we're not there, who is going to provide our passengers with the quality of service they have come to expect at Southwest?"

Local 555 represents 9,400 ground crew workers at Southwest. Both sides filed for federal mediation last fall as contract talks stalled between union and company negotiators.

The picketing at Dallas Love Field was part of the union's national campaign to raise awareness about its contract talks. The union also picketed at 15 other airports.

Southwest said it supports its employees' right to express themselves and will "continue to actively participate in negotiations as we make every effort to reach agreements with our unions that are rewarding, flexible, and secure."

Sandra Baker, 817-390-7727

sabaker@star-telegram.com

Jim Fuquay, 817-390-7552

jfuquay@star-telegram.com

Barry Shlachter, 817-390-7718

barry@star-telegram.com

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