Updated 02/21/2013 07:40 AM
Resident fight against strip club proposal
As one man looks to bring a strip club to the outskirts of Rome, more than 100 residents are teaming up to get his proposal shut down. Kyle Endemann’s biggest road block before building this new establishment is getting it approved by the zoning board of appeals. Our Cara Thomas spoke with numerous residents about their concerns pertaining to ethics, agriculture and most of all safety.
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ROME, N.Y. -- What is now a vacant lot along Route 365 could potentially be built into much more. And it’s a transformation residents aren’t a fan of.
Resident John Nasci said, "He proposing to build a bar/restaurant with adult entertainment use."
Kyle Endemann of Oneida submitted a plan to build a 4,500 square foot establishment with a 62 space parking lot. His original application was denied as the location is part of an agricultural zone district where businesses are not allowed without special use variance approval.
"I don't want it there. It's an agricultural district and it should stay an agricultural district," said Nasci.
But it's not the adult entertainment aspect of the business that needs the use variance; it's the bar/restaurant. Zoning officials explain that adult entertainment is allowed most anywhere, as long as it's a certain distance from residential properties, churches, schools, and so on - which in this case, his proposed location is within compliance.
But at a public hearing Wednesday, neighbors provided a list of reasons why they feel it shouldn't be allowed.
Thomas Browka, a concerned resident, said, "I disagree with the people that would come there, I disagree that women are to be treated as objects and not as human beings with value and importance."
Other residents say they want to keep the agricultural integrity of the area, manure and all.
Another resident, Paul VanLieshout, said, "Spreading manure is not very compatible with some venue like this. And we have the right to spread manure but we don't need to harassment from something like this."
But their biggest concern is safety. Without a large police force in the area, residents say they worry that crime will skyrocket.
The board will hear the official proposal on March 6th.
We reached out to Endemann for his comments on our story, but our calls were not returned.