Proposed Club Owner says he'll sue

By: Kieran Wilson Email
By: Kieran Wilson Email

The man trying to open a gentleman's club in Grand Junction says he'll sue if the conditional use permit is denied again, this after the city's Planning Commission has blocked the permit twice.

Rob Rowlands represents Kevin Eardley, the man who hopes to open up a strip club in Grand Junction on Colex Drive, a more industrial part of town.
Rowlands "it's an allowed usage; it's clearly in the city's code."

Rowlands says that Eardley is already approved for the bar and he could go forward with the full nudity and serve no alcohol, if the Planning Commission denies the conditional use permit again. Another option Eardley is considering is suing the City of Grand Junction. Mayor Gregg Palmer says that’s Eardley’s constitutional right; "if he wants to sue us, that's his right and I suppose he can get in line."

The City Council will hear Eardley's appeal on January 21st. The council has three options; to agree with the planning commission’s decision of denying the conditional use permit, or t can disagree and send it back with, or without direction for the commission. Palmer says the council’s responsibility is clear, “determine whether or not the applicant got a fair hearing and whether the commission followed the laws and the codes."
Rowlands says they didn't. He says, “the Planning Commission is taking it personally."

Now it's up to the City Council again, to look at what the Planning Commission did and how it reached that decision.

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