Council adds restrictions to where strip clubs can open in Austin

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin City Council has decided to add more restrictions to where adult-oriented businesses will be allowed to open. After a hearing Thursday morning, council decided to add museums and libraries to the list of locations where adult-oriented businesses have to be more than 1,000 feet away.

The revised ordinance takes effect in 10 days.

The City of Austin has two weeks to decide on the pending application for 422 Congress Ave.

 


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Should a strip club be allowed to open in Downtown Austin? That’s the question Austin City Council is asking the public Thursday. Council has set a public hearing to gather feedback on a proposal to amend the zoning rules on where adult-oriented businesses can set up shop.

It’s the result of the owner of 422 Congress Ave. submitting an application with the city to open a strip club. Right now, that building houses several bars. KXAN reached out to the owner of MB & MS Enterprises Inc. for comment, but he didn’t respond.

City code currently states that adult-oriented businesses can’t open within 1,000 feet of a school, church or park. Now City Council is looking to add museums and libraries to that list. The Mexic-Arte Museum is directly across the street from the proposed strip club.

The proposed amendment would also require anyone wishing to open an adult-oriented business to have their application go through the Planning Commission to determine if it fits within the city’s Imagine Austin plan — which looks at ways to revitalize the city.

Councilwoman Kathie Tovo is sponsoring the change but isn’t sure whether amending the code could stop this strip club from opening.

“Sometimes these changes can impact the current situation, and sometimes they just impact the future,” said Tovo. “And it’s not really clear. Everything is about timing, about whether it would impact this particular proposal or shape how we move forward in the future.”

The public hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m.

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