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Residents: 'Soul of community' threatened by gentlemen's club

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Community members packed a meeting regarding a potential gentlemen's club Thursday night. Community members packed a meeting regarding a potential gentlemen's club Thursday night.

A community's thoughts on the notion of a strip club moving in could perhaps be summed up in the words of a ten-year-old girl:

"I should not have to even know what a strip club is."

Emotions ran high as the Triana town council held a public hearing Thursday on a new multi-million dollar gentlemen's club and restaurant. The group who wants to bring the club to the area made a presentation earlier in April outlining their plan.

A $3 to $4 million upscale gentlemen's club and restaurant is proposed off Wall Triana Highway, near the Savannah subdivision.

The liquor license application doesn't mention when the club will be built and it's not yet known if the land for the club has been purchased. The group already owns a gentleman's club in Birmingham called The Furnace.

"I'm going to have to explain to [my daughter] as she grows up, what the neon lights are across the street from our subdivision. Personally from my backyard, I will have a constant view of their establishment," said resident Kenneth Howard prior to the meeting.

Residents who said they would come to the meeting "in full force" lived up to their promise. One by one, speakers approached the council, voicing concerns of safety and the innocence of their children.

"If we allow this, we are giving up the soul of our community," said another resident.

"I spent several years in the adult industry as a bouncer," said one man. "I have first-hand experience. You do not want this going on here."

There were a few residents on-board with the plan, who said the club could bring growth to Triana.

"With every drink that the tax dollars out of this club or dancer brings, this community could afford a full-time fire department and a full-time police department," said one supporter.

Support was few and far-between, however, and residents began threatening to move out, with one saying:

"What you are going to end up with is an empty town and a big strip club."

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