...(continues)Infamous NE Portland Sugar Shack strip club to be demolished for housing
By Elliot Njus | The Oregonian/OregonLive | Posted December 05, 2018 at 12:12 PM | Updated December 05, 2018 at 02:04 PM
A rendering of the 140-unit housing development that will replace the former Sugar Shack strip club. (Salazar Architect Inc.)
The black-and-white checkered Sugar Shack is coming down, three years after a coalition of Northeast Portland neighborhood groups banded together to buy the strip club as its owner faced federal prostitution and tax fraud charges.
One of the groups, Hacienda Community Development Corp., plans to start construction next year on a 140-unit affordable apartment project at the site on the corner of Northeast Killingsworth Street and Cully Boulevard.
The demolition work, set to begin Monday, marks the end of a site that was considered a blight on the neighborhood since it opened in 1998.
"It's about showing the community they can aspire to more," said Ernesto Fonseca, Hacienda's chief executive. "It's simply little by little changing the landscape of what our communities are used to seeing."