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Upscale nightclub proposed in Hagerstown

November 19, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN -- Washington County liquor officials are to decide within 30 days whether two Hagerstown businessmen will be permitted to open an upscale nightclub in the building that used to house the Eclipse nightclub near Long Meadow Shopping Center off Md. 60.

The Board of License Commissioners for Washington County, known as the liquor board, met Wednesday with co-owner Ash Azadi, his attorney, Arthur Schneider, and a group of other interested parties to discuss the proposal.

Schneider said the plan includes sprucing up the 7,000-square-foot building to serve an upscale clientele.

Schneider gave the liquor board documents that would be needed before the business could open, including preliminary inspection reports from the fire and health departments.

Azadi said he and his father, Morris, would own the business and hire outside help to manage it. The club would cater to people in their mid- to late 20s and early 30s, he said.

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Management personnel proposed decreasing the capacity of the club from 477 to 400 to ensure order.

"We want to bring an upmarket nightclub based on quality over volume," said Desmond Comer, one of the business' proposed managers. "It will be very much security-oriented."

Comer said management wants to hire about 25 employees who "are beyond reproach." The club would be open Wednesdays through Sundays from 8 p.m. to midnight, he said.

In addition to meeting requirements from the liquor board, Azadi will have to check with Washington County zoning officials to ensure that enough parking would be available for club patrons, liquor board treasurer Charles F. Mades said.

Mades said he also was concerned that the club would generate a lot of noise.

Scott Bowen of Harne Bowen Architects, the firm in charge of designing the club, said noise should be minimal, in part because the walls are covered with fabric that will act as a buffer.

The liquor board said it would make a decision within 30 days.

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