Council rejects appeal; strip club can file for license
A businessman hoping to open a strip club in northwest Grand Junction has a clear path to apply for a liquor license after the City Council on Wednesday night removed the last blockade by rejecting an appeal of a permit granted to the club.
Council members unanimously agreed to uphold the Planning Commission’s approval of a conditional-use permit that will allow the club to serve alcohol.
After twice rejecting the permit, only to have the City Council remand the issue back to them, planning commissioners approved it Feb. 24.
The club would be at 2258 Colex Drive, an industrial area near U.S. Highway 6&50 and G Road.
In his appeal, Grand Junction minister Mike MacFarlane alleged the board made up its mind before the meeting, noting two members read from prepared statements, and inappropriately based their decision on the belief that would-be club owner Kevin Eardley would sue the city if the permit was rejected.
MacFarlane, the pastor at New Day Ministries, also contended planning commissioners didn’t follow city zoning codes and acted arbitrarily and capriciously.
But council members said there was no evidence of any wrongdoing on the part of the Planning Commission.
“They made an effort to be very careful not to veer from the facts they were required to consider,” Councilwoman Teresa Coons said.
MacFarlane had asked that the hearing on the appeal be delayed two weeks because he was out of town, but the council pressed ahead, noting the appeal was based strictly on evidence and testimony presented at the Planning Commission hearing and that no additional information could be presented at Wednesday’s meeting.
Rob Rowlands, an architect for the project and a representative for Eardley, said Eardley is in the process of applying to the city for a liquor license. Construction on the club could begin this summer.