Real Life Church hopes to buy location of closed strip club Platinum Pleasures in Hunts Point

The strip club on Lafayette Avenue was closed after losing its liquor license. (2/25/14)

HUNTS POINT - A Bronx pastor is hoping to purchase the site of a shuttered strip club in Hunts Point and turn it into a church.

Platinum Pleasures, located on Lafayette Avenue in Hunts Point, closed after losing its liquor license following a number of shootings. Pastor Reggie Stutzman, of Real Life Church, says he wants to buy the building as a place to house his church. His 70 parishioners currently attend service at the Hunts Point Rec Center.

"Why not put it to good use? Why not use it as a place where the community can see something positive?" asked Stutzman. He says he hopes to raise enough funds to take over the lease.

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The current owner of the lease is the former owner of Platinum Pleasures. He still owns the lease for at least another 5 years, but says he's open to the possibility of handing it over to Stutzman if they can figure out financing.

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