Saturday, November 8, 2003

Hustler store draws opposition

The Associated Press

LEXINGTON - Opponents of a planned Hustler store are preparing to make a stand when the company seeks city permission.

Before the sex shop opens, a new building permit application must be submitted. The property also must get special permission because sex shops are prohibited within 500 feet of agricultural areas. Opponents said they would argue that the land near Interstate 75 constitutes an agricultural area.

Joe Miller, a Massachusetts developer building the store, said Thursday that he would seek a conditional zoning change.

Miller said he would lease the structure to the highest bidder, and that he anticipated the Hustler store taking the space.

Hustler executive Jimmy Flynt said the applications and the permits are in order. He said he's "not in town for a fight," and "I'm here to comply with all the rules."

Flynt's company has until Monday to appeal for conditional use, then appear on the city board of adjustment's Dec. 12 docket, said Jim Marx, senior planner for Lexington's division of planning.

Councilman Al Mitchell will be ready.

"If they go before the board of adjustment, the public can speak out against it, and I am going to speak against it," he said.

Flynt said the project should be completed shortly after Christmas. "I'm doing a $2 million project that's going to drive traffic to that area and bring in some money from taxes," Flynt said.

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