Judge Refuses To Block Demolition Of Gaiety Theatre
BOSTON, MA — A Massachusetts Land Court judge yesterday rejected a request by the Glass Slipper strip club to stop a developer from tearing down the defunct and dilapidated Gaiety Theatre nearby.
The theater’s owner, Kensington Investment Co., said it will “shortly proceed with demolition of long-vacant buildings” it owns at 659-665 Washington St. near Chinatown. It declined to give a more specific timetable.
It was unclear last night whether the Glass Slipper would appeal the judge’s decision.
In denying the Glass Slipper’s request for a preliminary injunction, Judge Keith Long wrote that the Glass Slipper had failed to demonstrate that it would be irreparably harmed by the Gaiety’s demolition.
Long also wrote that the Glass Slipper had not shown that it’s likely to prevail on the merits of its claim in an ongoing lawsuit that the Gaiety, as a theater in the city’s theater district, can only be demolished under special circumstances.
Long, who toured the Gaiety recently, noted that the Gaiety has “not been used as a theater, equipped for use as a theater, or legally capable of being used as a theater under its certificate of occupancy since at least May 10, 1988.”
Kensington wants to build an apartment tower called Kensington Place on land partly occupied by the Glass Slipper and the Gaiety. The Boston Redevelopment Authority has said it will seek to take the Glass Slipper by eminent domain if Kensington and the Glass Slipper cannot negotiate a sale.
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