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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  • by Mike Location: Grand Junction on Jan 17, 2009 at 06:34 AM
    Even if some or most people in Grand Junction do not want a strip club here the city can not block it if the business is legal and in a properly zoned area. I guess people in Grand Junction should have passed a law against this type of business if they really didn't want it here. I have less of a problem with a strip club in an industrial area then the adult book stores on North Ave by the High School and on 24 Rd by the mall. Both are areas that are frequented by teens on a regular basis. GJ needs to follow their own rules and let this man run is business.
  • by Kelly Location: Grand Junction on Jan 13, 2009 at 04:40 PM
    Will cost you more to sue than the whole business would gross.
  • by Aimee Location: GJ on Jan 12, 2009 at 10:38 PM
    The City Council needs to hear the voice of the citizens. We do not want a strip joint in town. We have enough problems with "massage"business! Good Job!! City Council.
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