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City warns of possible zoning violation
The city of Springfield sent a warning letter to Turner of Feb. 28 stating if she went through with the opening, she could be in violation of zoning regulations for her downtown business. The letter states the current zoning her business falls under does not allow for “adult business,” which is defined as “any sexually oriented business which focuses upon sexual activities and/or anatomical areas in conducting a business for adult entertainment.”
The letter also states it would not support a rezoning of the business, as it would not be consistent with the surrounding zoning designations.
Stephen Thompson, administrator for Planning, Zoning and Code for the city, said the description of the club in the original Facebook post lead to the letter being sent to Turner.
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Staff says new concept will comply with current zoning
Williams said the new club will not feature nudity, which separates it from a strip club. He said in a Facebook post referencing the club that all the waitresses will be “lingerie-fitted.”
Turner said the venue has hosted Chippendale dancers in the past, and it did not create an issue with zoning. Williams said Turner has assured him that they are in compliance.
Turner said Williams can take the concept and invest in a separate location if it’s successful.