Building that housed Razzle Dazzle nightclub is torn down in Bluffs

Anderson Excavating Co. on Wednesday leveled the structure that housed the Razzle Dazzle in Council Bluffs. There are no plans for the site, but it will likely be used for commercial development.

COUNCIL BLUFFS — The shine is off the Razzle Dazzle.

The longtime Council Bluffs gentlemen's club, which has been closed for many months, was torn down Wednesday. A new master plan may indicate the best use for the property, which is in the 3300 block of West Broadway, a city official said.

“We are in the process of updating our comprehensive plan, and in that we'll be looking at West Broadway and its land use and other strategies,” said Don Gross, director of the Community Development Department.

That plan should be completed by May, he said.

The city purchased the Razzle Dazzle property in early December for $400,000, with $235,000 coming from grants, Gross said.

The asking price had been $480,000, real estate agent Larry West said in September. The business closed in mid-August, but there was immediate interest from potential buyers and those who wanted to lease the space, he said. Some wanted to continue its longtime use as a gentlemen's club, while other sought different uses, West said.

Under a city ordinance, if nobody reopened the property as a gentlemen's club within six months, that use would be prohibited from then on.

Environmental studies on the land took time, however, and nothing was finalized with potential buyers, West said.

After the city obtained an option on the property, demolition bids were sought, Gross said. A week after the purchase was completed, the city awarded the project to Anderson Excavating Co., which submitted the low bid of $8,950.

The city still would consider offers to buy the property, Gross said. Otherwise, the city will wait for the comprehensive plan, which will include proposals for the nearby area, where the vacant Bunge elevators now stand, he said.

Most likely, that use would be commercial, Gross said.

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