Thursday, April 20, 2000

Flynts get go-ahead to build Hustler store

BY David Eck
Enquirer Contributor

        MONROE — Months of controversy and debate came to a quiet end Wednesday as a divided Monroe Planning Commission approved a Hustler store.

        The commission approved the plan 2-1. Members James Collins and Michael Morris voted for it, while Jeffrey Norris voted against it. Member Glenn F. Dixon was absent for the vote, but came to the meeting later.

        The plan was approved with a few minor contingencies regarding traffic flow, a guardrail and right-of-way lines.

        The approval was the final obstacle for Jimmy and Larry Flynt, who plan to build the store at Interstate 75 and Ohio 63. It will be next to Bristol's Show Club and Revue, an exotic dance club.

        “Once the site plan is approved, that basically completes their zoning permit,” said Jay Stewart, the city's zoning enforcement officer.

        The plan calls for a 7,200-square-foot, single-story building. The store will sell 40 percent adult material and 60 percent retail, Mr. Stewart said. The retail portion will offer such things as candles, lingerie and novelty items, he said.

        Mr. Norris strongly advised the Flynts to live up to that arrangement.

        “We will be monitoring him closely,” Mr. Norris said. “We will strictly enforce our zoning laws.”

        John Walden, project manager with A&E Designers in Lexington, said work on the store could begin next week.Jimmy Flynt has said he hopes to be open by July.

        Cost of the project has not yet been determined, Mr. Walden said.

        Despite heated opposition when the Flynts announced their plans last fall, few people against the store showed up at Wednesday's meeting.


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