Permit denial for club appealed

A second rejection of a conditional-use permit for a proposed strip club in Grand Junction brought a second appeal Tuesday, with a representative for the would-be club owner arguing the Planning Commission offered no evidence to support its decision.

Rob Rowlands, an architect with Design Specialists and representative for businessman Kevin Eardley, filed the
appeal with city planners. The matter will go before the City Council within 45 days.

The Planning Commission last week turned down a permit that would have allowed the club, which would be at 2258 Colex Drive in northwest Grand Junction, to serve alcohol.

Commissioners who voted against the permit said the club would be incompatible with the light-industrial zoning of the area and could be a deterrent to other businesses moving there.

Rowlands called that a “purely speculative” argument.

“If it’s not compatible, then give me evidence why it’s not compatible,” he said.

Rowlands wrote in the appeal that several bars and nightclubs throughout the city are within and adjacent to industrial and commercial zones. He also notes city planners determined the club meets the criteria of the zoning and development code.

Planning commissioners in August rejected a permit for the club, arguing it was incompatible with the neighborhood. But Rowlands appealed the board’s interpretation of a neighborhood as the entire city. The City Council remanded the issue back to the commission with instructions to narrow its definition of a neighborhood.

“They’re grabbing at straws just like they did before with the neighborhood thing,” Rowlands said of the latest Planning Commission decision.

Eardley could open the topless bar without serving alcohol, but that seems unlikely because alcohol sales would generate most of his revenue.


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