Your Cheshire Bridge porn isn’t safe any longer

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If you thought the debate over neutering Cheshire Bridge Road of its sexy parts was about anything other than porn, sex supplies, gloryholes and strippers, you were wrong. And on Monday, some residents of the area proved it. In a 63-13-3 vote, Neighborhood Planning Unit-F -- which includes the strip -- approved two amendments to legislation from gay Atlanta City Council member Alex Wan (second photo) that would push out sexually-oriented businesses from the corridor. The amendments tighten the focus on sex businesses -- and leave untouched other non-conforming ones included in Wan's original legislation -- and push up the timetable for them to get out to 2015. Wan's proposals surfaced last November. They would give new life to a stalled 2005 rezoning effort that called for booting sexually-oriented businesses from the strip. That would include a handful that cater to gay customers, including Bliss, Starship and gloryhole concubines Southern Nights and Inserection. Other adult-oriented businesses impacted by the effort include Doll House, Onyx, Uptown Novelty and Naughty Girls Lingerie. In a meeting last month, Wan assured owners of Heretic, BJ Roosters and Jungle that the legislation would not impact them. But his proposals have run into opposition. The city's Zoning Review Board tabled the legislation in January and Wan asked for a second delay that will stall action until early May. Surprisingly, developer Scott Selig, vice president of the company that owns eight acres along Cheshire Bridge including the sassy gay fave Colonnade, opposed the amendments during the NPU meeting, according to Creative Loafing.

Scott Selig, vice president of Selig Enterprises and a Cheshire Bridge property owner, said last night that the resolutions set a bad precedent for the entire city and would negatively affect business owners. "All of your savings could be in a building," Selig said. "If a certain use that's providing income and paying the mortgage for that all of the sudden has to go away, you might not have the hundred thousand dollars plus to turn your building into one that conforms."
Get ready for some lawsuits. Eagle 8 attorney Alan Begner certainly is and he's pretty adept at fighting the city in court.

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