Monday, July 24, 2000

Hustler store awaits plan review

Flynts are ready for completion

By David Eck
Enquirer Contributor

        MONROE — Construction of a Hustler superstore at Ohio 63 and Interstate 75 remains on hold while Butler County planning officials review revised building plans for the project.

        “We're evaluating what they sent to us,” Steve Soltis, building and zoning administrator for Butler County, said. “It's in the hands of our plans examiner.”

        Hustler applied for a building permit for the 7,000-square-foot store in April, but the county required several revisions to the building plans, Mr. Soltis said.

        Among the revisions were design information for the floor and roof, design standards for walls, emergency escape requirements and compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act.

        The Hustler review could be completed within the next several days and the county could issue a building permit or ask for more revisions, Mr. Soltis said. Work on the structure cannot begin until the building permit is issued.

        “We're ready to go,” Jimmy Flynt said Friday of his store. “I don't anticipate a problem. I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt. My architect says everything's in order.”

        Jimmy Flynt and his brother, Larry, publisher of Hustler magazine, broke ground for the store in May, and said they had hoped to open by early July. It could be late September by the time it opens, Jimmy Flynt said.

        Monroe Planning Commission approved the Hustler store in April, wrapping up all that the Flynts required from the city, Monroe officials said.

        The store, including the land, will cost about $1 million. Plans depict a single-story structure with several large windows across the front and skylights on the corners. The store will be in peach-colored brick with aluminum panels.

        Billed as an “upscale erot ic boutique,” the store is to sell 40 percent adult material and 60 percent other material such as candles, lingerie and novelty items.

        Though some Monroe residents and church leaders initially vowed to fight to keep the store out of Monroe, opposition dissipated as the Flynts went through the city's zoning permit process. Two opponents attended the final meetings in which the planning commission approved the store.


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