Potential Locations for BDSM-Playpen in Lawrenceville. On Butler Street, the main street in Lawrenceville, there are a number of locations that could be used for a public dungeon. These are unused or barely used buildings whose location has a low enough profile that they may not draw too much attention. These locations are near the ER Room, the current adult toy shop on Butler Street. Later on this page, there is a building on a street parallel to Butler Street that I feel is in an even better location because it will draw less attention. I also feel that buildings that are off of Butler Street are more promising locations for a dungeon because they may have more parking, and larger play spaces. (Click on any image to see a larger version of the picture.)

5124 Butler Street Lawrenceville

5124 Butler Street, Lawrenceville

This is an underutilized storefront on Butler Street that could be converted into a play space. If the building could be purchased, the limitations would be the small floor area and the relatively public location. Another limitation is that there is only one additional floor of play or residential space.

5130 Butler Street, Lawrenceville

5130 Butler Street, Lawrenceville

This is another underutilized storefront on Butler. As above, it shares the limitations of a small floor area and a relatively public location, but it has one or two more floors of space.

5328 Butler Street Lawrenceville

5328 Butler Street, Lawrenceville

This may be a more promising location in Lawrenceville. Although this building is in poor condition, its high ceilings and larger footprint may make it large enough for a play space. It is also located at the very top of upper Lawrenceville, across the street from a bar and right next to a tattoo shop. The one story section of the building was a bar, and the upper stories could be used as private play spaces and residential space. There appears to be an unused lot behind this building that could be used for parking.

When I spoke with the listing Realtor, he said that the pair of buildings could be purchased for $150,000 without the liquor license. The liquor license would be an additional $75,000, but is not something that we need. At the time that I contacted the Realtor, he said that this building was under contract, but that I should call him back to verify if I were really interested in it, suggesting to me that he thought the contract might fall through.

Closed School in Lawrenceville, Butler and McCandless

Closed School in Lawrenceville, Corner of Butler and McCandless

Directly across the street from 5328 Butler Street is a commercial building that was at one time a children’s daycare center. This space is for rent and would have enough floor area to be used as a play space. We would need to verify if this location could also have residential use. We would also need to check if this space could be purchased from the owner. In addition to questions of residential use, the limitation of this space is its very public location.

5167 Butler Street Family Care Connections

5167 Butler Street, Family Care Connections

Diagonally across from 5328 Butler Street and a few buildings down from the closed daycare center is the UPMC Family Care Connections. It is not clear if this is used for child daycare, or if this would be an issue since all adult play activities would take place after standard business hours.

5620 Harrison Street, Lawrenceville

5620 Harrison Street, Lawrenceville

The most promising location is a few blocks away from the intersection of Butler and McCandless at the corner of 56th Street and Harrison Street. Harrison Street runs parallel to Butler Street. Harrison Street has a few residential buildings and one commercial building that was clearly a residential space at one time, but has been most recently used commercially. There is a garage right next to this building that was clearly used for the same commercial purpose.

This building was only recently used as an office, and probably still has the zoning to be used as a residence, and the garage space could be finished adequately to be used as a large play space. Another advantage of this location is that it is on a very wide street that could provide plenty of on-street parking, as well as some parking inside the fence. One small concern could be the residential neighbors immediately next door. Our particular use would need to be negotiated with them to avoid conflict.

Looking on Google Maps, this location was used most recently for a business that did performance lighting rentals. Going to the door, it is clear that the business is no longer operating in this location and there is a sign on the door that all deliveries should be taken to another address. It is likely that this space could now be rented or purchased.

February 18, 2013 at 10:29 pm by Dave
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