Residents worried new business may bring trouble
A new establishment, Infinity Social Club, has opened at 3659 West Broad St. in Franklin Township in the space previously occupied by Big and Tall.
Martha and Jerry Tabor, who live on Broadlawn Avenue, told Franklin Township trustees they were concerned about this business and the type of clientele it may attract.
Franklin Township Fire Chief Richard Howard said that the police and fire departments learned about Infinity three weeks prior and were investigating.
“They’re gambling and it’s legal,” alleged Howard. “With the economy the way it is, property owners are not responsible to their neighbors” in terms of to whom they lease space.
“Gambling involves engaging in bookmaking or conducting games that would make a profit for the club - we are involved in neither,” said Andrea Johnston, who represents the Infinity Social Club. “The Infinity Social Club does not derive any monetary benefit from any of the skilled games or any of the players involved in these games.”
The fire department will investigate whether the former store has the doors and other features required to legally house a club.
“The space is not set-up for an assembled group, but for mercantile,” Howard said.
“We are an asset to the neighborhood,” said Johnston.
“We generate revenue for neighboring businesses by buying their products and services and referring others to do the same. We believe strongly in keeping it local.”
“And in regards to safety issues, we have constant surveillance in the club and security guards considering the safety of our members, our club and our neighborhood. On the weekends, it is a huge advantage to our immediate neighbors to have a secured, 24-hour, non-alcoholic establishment keeping a close watch on things.” said Johnston.
“Everyone we’ve met has been very welcoming,” she added.
“We are a private, non-discriminative, ‘members only’ social club. Our club features games of skill, such as billiards, chess, card games and tournaments,” Johnston said. “We do not serve alcohol, nor do we allow it on the premises. No person below the age of majority is permitted membership or is allowed in the club. What we do is provide our members with a safe, social, respected facility with an inviting atmosphere to enjoy while playing their game of choice.”
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