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After 40 Years, L.A.-Area Strip Club May Be Demolished
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Aug 11, 2009 12:00 PM PDT    Text size: 
DEL AIRE, Calif. — The Wild Goose, a strip club near the Los Angeles International Airport that has been in business for more than 40 years, could be demolished and replaced with condominiums.

The club's owner, Larry Kroeze, plans to put a five-story condominium complex on the site currently occupied by the club and nearly a dozen adjacent homes he owns.

"Our family owns [the Wild Goose], and there's nobody left that would like to run it," Kroeze said. "Our children aren't interested in it. Running a strip club and bar is a seven-day and seven-night deal."

Kroeze is working on completing environmental and traffic reports required before the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors can vote on the proposal, which will probably be in the spring.

Plans call for 393 apartments and condos in the new structure, with retail stores, including a small market, on the first floor. The building would be adjacent to a new local transit terminal, which would replace the current terminal that stands on land planned for the development.

"The wave of the future is transit-oriented development," Kroeze said. "The idea is people can get right on a train."

Kroeze's father. Ralph Kroeze, took over the Wild Goose in 1966 after he loaned money to purchase the club and the buyer defaulted on the loans. Ralph Kroeze, who ran a vending machine business, tried to sell the Wild Goose twice, and both times the buyers were unable to manage the bar.

"It just kept coming back to him," Kroeze said.

After taking over the club, Ralph Kroeze bought the rest of the homes on the block.

"He thought if you owned the neighborhood, people couldn't complain about you," Kroeze said. "In those days, it looked like this area was all going to be industrial and commercial buildings."

Kroeze took over the Wild Goose, now marketed as a topless sports club, in 1992 after his father died.

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