Cancer survivors critical of proposed cigar bar near American Cancer Society location in Southfield

Posted at 10:30 PM, Oct 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-20 13:07:33-04

The American Cancer Society is fighting back against a proposal to bring a cigar bar into the Arbor Lofts in Southfield.

The business named Fraternity Ultra Lounge would offer memberships, have a bar, and be located on the first floor of the mixed use building.

We're told city council members first learned about the business owner's proposal this week, and tell us it's only in the very early stages.

A two-time cancer survivor, who works at the American Cancer Society, believes it's an awful location for this cigar bar.

Kelli Kaschimer says, "I think it would be a detriment to Southfield, and a detriment to the metro Detroit Area."

She goes on to say this American Cancer Society location is the only one in metro Detroit, and cancer patients routinely come there for services.

She has fought off Lymphoma, and oral cancer, but never smoked in her life.

Kaschimer will speak on behalf of the American Cancer Society next Monday in front of the city council meeting.

She urges people to reconsider, "Please don't do this. Please don't expose residents to this."

Some city council members tell us they have the same concerns about smoke and ventilation.

We reached out to the business owner, but have not heard back yet.