From the April 2012 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:
Capitalizing on the publicity surrounding a controversial traffic-calming plan for Wisconsin Ave., JP’s Night Club (2412 Wisconsin Ave.) will reopen this summer as “The Median Strip,” a gridlock-themed adult club to feature male dancers portraying construction workers, crossing guards, and other traffic-related characters, according to a source close to the club’s owner. JP’s, which formerly featured female dancers, has been closed since January 2008, when a fire destroyed its original building. A replacement structure at 2412 Wisconsin Ave. has been vacant since its completion in mid-2010.
The Wisconsin Ave. streetscape project, which will widen some sidewalks and replace streetlights in Glover Park’s commercial district, is expected to begin this month and snarl traffic through the end of construction in November. Critics fear the gridlock may extend beyond that, though, since the project will convert part of the current roadway into a painted median strip. Project supporters counter that if traffic problems do persist, the median can be removed.
But even after the streetscape-project congestion ends—assuming it does—The Median Strip’s theme might still be fitting. For the sake of propriety, the club plans to replace the building’s large picture windows with a trompe l’oeil mural by local artist Jarrett Ferrier, our source tells us. That mural will depict Charles Carroll Glover, the philanthropist for whom Glover Park is named, as a shirtless jackhammer operator wearing a necktie and a come-hither look—a sight that could cause rubbernecking jam-ups in front of the building for years to come.
True fact: there’s a public meeting about the streetscape project at Stoddert Elementary School on April 3 at 7:45 pm.