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Strip Club Coming to Downtown?

Updated: Tuesday, April 2 2013, 06:04 PM EDT
COLUMBUS-- The Downtown Commission has tabled a request for certificate of appropriateness for a strip club to be located near the intersection of 5th Street and Spring Street downtown.

Charles Fischer of New Albany plans to turn the shuttered former nightclub into a "gentleman's club."

He said he will try to fill a niche and "attract a young business executive, entrepreneur" after work.

Because the property is already zoned for a nightclub, members of the commission, which has approval authority in planning and zoning issues, have asked the city attorney for an opinion on whether or not they need to grant Fischer permission to establish the business.

In an approximately 90-minute hearing Tuesday members heard from citizens concerned about the effects the proposed establishment would have on the neighborhood.

Susan Ungar of the Downtown Residents Association of Columbus said more and more families are moving downtown and the club could discourage people from moving into apartments that are planned for the area near the nightclub.

Although the nearest condo building is currently about two blocks away,  "It's going to be people living there and hopefully children. I mean, that's our goal," Ungar said.

An opinion from the city attorney is expected by the end of the month.

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Reporter: Dana Jay
Web Producer: Kellie HannaStrip Club Coming to Downtown?


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