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July 17, 2018
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Proposed Athens strip club faces opposition
(WOUB) - A proposed gentlemen's club in Athens is drawing plenty of opposition from just about everywhere including Athens school officials.

Both Athens Superintendent Carl Martin and East Elementary Principal Denny Boger have sent letters to the Athens Code Office asking that the application for the club be referred to the city zoning appeals board.

That way the public can comment and the appeals board can rule on putting a gentlemen's club on the corner of Stimson Avenue and Palmer Street in the building formerly occupied by the "New-to-You" secondhand store.

A group called Three Wide Entertainment of Shade applied last month to use the site for a "dancing and entertainment" establishment without the sale of alcohol.

In letters to Athens Code Enforcement Director Steve Pierson, the two school officials say the safety and welfare of children attending nearby East Elementary could be at risk with a gentlemen's club in the area.

Other opponents say future economic development in Athens could be hurt by a new adult business on Stimson.

Christine Fahl is co-chair of the Near East Side Neighborhood Association which has voiced opposition to the proposed club.

She says people in her group were saying that with club we are going backwards and we need better, this is going backwards and won't help the economic development at all of the area.

The current zoning rules for the area state that any night club should be at least 100 feet away from a residential zone.
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