Businessman seeking variance for strip club

September 9, 2010 3:27:25 PM PDT
The signs are up and down Bragg Boulevard: topless bars that feature exotic dancers and private rooms.

Now, a Las Vegas businessman wants to turn a former thrift store and car dealership on Bragg Boulevard into what he calls an upscale adult entertainment club.

"It's nice he wants to invest in the community. However, I wish he would do it through another venue instead of a strip club," offered Fayetteville resident Lonnie Mollett.

Ironically, the proposed club would be located less than half a mile from where another out-of-town businessman is building the Bellagio. It's a $20 million upscale apartment complex.

Fayetteville resident Colleen Bishop says she doesn't care how upscale the strip club plans to be.

"If it's nice or not, if it could bring the economy to the city, that's fine. But really, we don't need it. We don't need it. He could invest his money better in a different establishment that could provide jobs - for everyone - not just ladies with big boobs," she said.

Chad Estel, the Las Vegas businessman who wants to open the strip club, declined an on-camera interview.

Estel will need a variance from the City of Fayetteville to move forward because the location is less than a thousand feet from another adult business and it's across the street from the Building the Kingdom Ministries church.

"I think we already have enough of that going on around here. I have kids and I know that the people that - the members here - have kids and it kind of creates a distraction," said Building the Kingdom pastor Christopher Miller.

Estel goes in front of the city's Board of Adjustment September 20 to ask for the variance.

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