After pleading his case before the city's Building Standards Board, the owner of a vacant, fire-ravaged strip club now has six months to get the building up to code.

The Playmates Gentleman's Club along Wye Road near the 11000 block of Perrin Beitel caught fire last June. Flames caused the roof to collapse.

The building has been vacant since 2006 and the property owner has been given notice of nine code violations since then.

Most of those violations have been resolved by the property owner, Victor Njakou.

The director of the city's Development Services, Rod Sanchez, said Njakou provided proof that the building can be renovated.

"They came in a couple of days ago and had two different reports from two different engineers that said the building actually is structurally sound," Sanchez said. "So today we approached the board and changed our recommendation to repair and the board accepted our recommendation."

Njakou has 14 days to obtain the necessary permits for construction and renovation.

Sanchez says Code Enforcement will monitor the progress of the renovation by receiving progress reports and checking on the property every 30 days.

Njakou's attorney says his client is happy with the city's decision and hopes to have the building cleaned out within 30 days so that a more thorough inspection can be done and the building can be determined to be safe and secure.

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