Club Twisted owners plan to open 'neighborhood-friendly establishment'

December 14, 2011|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD |
  • Club Twisted in Berkeley County, W.Va. where a Frederick, Md. man was wounded during a shooting.
By Matthew Umstead

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The owners of the Club Twisted property are planning major renovations to open a "neighborhood-friendly establishment" there, possibly in the spring of 2012, Property Manager Ted R. Weaver Sr. said Wednesday.

Weaver said the property owners, whom he declined to identify, are cooperating with the Berkeley County Engineering Department to address a building code violation notice they received for the structure at 5268 Williamsport Pike.

The property near Potomack Intermediate School was deemed an unsafe structure for human occupancy by the Berkeley County Engineering Department after the building caught fire on Nov. 23.

County Engineer Kimberly Shrader said Wednesday she recently spoke with Weaver and decided to give the property owners more time to make the corrections after being told improvements to the property would be made after the beginning of the year.

The county notified the property owners they had two days to respond to the county's code violation notice, which was issued on Nov. 29. Shrader said last week that she had yet to be hear from the owners and could proceed to have the structure condemned.

The county's violation notice orders that an electrical inspection be completed and an analysis of the structure's flooring to be done by a state-certified professional to ensure it was not "compromised" by the fire, according to a copy of the notice Weaver released Wednesday.

Weaver said Wednesday that the fire was contained to a small basement room, and damage to the floor system was minimal. He said the fire was deemed accidental and caused by a staple that went through an electrical wire, which arced, sparking the fire.

"The contents of the room was a total loss," Weaver said.

Weaver estimated repairs would cost about $1,000, but indicated the building owners are "looking forward to some major renovations and improvements" to bring a new business to the property.

Weaver said the structure was originally built as a single family home, and was later converted to a restaurant, then a restaurant-bar.

Club Twisted owner Brandhl "Brandy" Boyd said Tuesday she surrendered her state license to serve alcohol for the club after the building was deemed unsafe, not because of investigations prompted by the fatal stabbing of a man in the parking lot in September and the shooting of another man there last month.

Police have arrested two men in the shooting incident, but have yet to arrest a suspect in the stabbing.

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