Sunday, October 25, 2015

"Former Park 6 to be razed"

From The Journal

6 hours ago  • 
"RACINE — The wrecking ball awaits the former Park 6 building that was at the heart of the recently settled lawsuit against the city.

"The vacant three-story structure at 500 Sixth St. is owned by Talmer Bank. The Michigan-based bank acquired the building last September from former owners Jim and Lisa Spodick during their personal bankruptcy.

"When the building was constructed in 1915, it was named the Klinkert Building and still bears that name. It was the home of Grant Furniture Co., a store that stayed in business until 1974, according to the Racine Heritage Museum.

"The building last housed the Park 6 nightclub. After many police calls and incidents at the bar over an extended period of time, the city shut it down.

"Partly in response to that action, Park 6’s former owner Thomas Holmes and six other minority plaintiffs sued in federal district court. Their suit accused Mayor John Dickert and more than 15 other defendants of a plot to force minority bar owners out of business and give their liquor licenses to white bar owners.

"The 18-month legal battle ended earlier this month when the city settled for $1.3 million — with no admission of wrongdoing, and the vast majority of the insurance-funded payout going to the plaintiffs’ lawyers."

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