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Proposed Gentlemen's Club on Rt. 75 Faces Opposition From Residents, Businesses

The owner of Pool Table Magic has requested permission to transform his business into a gentlemen's club featuring topless dancers.

The owner of Route 75's Pool Table Magic, Mark Kulungian, has requested the Windsor Locks planning and zoning commission approve a modification to his business — a change from a billiards hall to gentlemen's club that has some up in arms.

According to Kulungian's application for approval, filled out by his attorney, he "desires to present a type of live entertainment at its business premises to include presentation of First Amendment-protected dance performances which contain... an emphasis on sexuality."

The application continues, describing the performances as "not obscene," and "sexually explicit dance routines" performed by topless dancers.

Modifications required to accommodate such entertainment are numerous, according to Kulungian's application including transforming the current business, which features  into a floor plan of tables, chairs and a full bar situated around a stage-performance area.

Kulungian has applied for a liquor license to draw patrons to his proposed bar area, and has proposed his gentleman's club include more than 50 seats.

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According to drafts of the new club, a billiards small room will be included.

While Kulungian's application makes the case for the proposal by describing it as a business protected by First Amendment rights provided by the U.S. Constitution and by a town ordinance pertaining to adult-entertainment businesses, some in the area have been outspoken about their opposition to the site plan change.

Not only was a letter to the editor recently submitted to Windsor Locks-East Windsor Patch, which read "I cannot believe that any reputable business owner on Route 75 welcomes this type of facility, but some residents have chosen to join forces against something they see as a threat to life in town.

A group of self-described local citizens and businesses, acting as a group under the name Windsor Locks Citizens for a Safe Community (WLCSC) recently announced plans to publicly oppose Kulungian's proposed gentlemen's club at a public hearing scheduled to be held at the planning and zoning commission's Feb. 11 meeting.

According to the group, its opposition to the proposed business is based on "various studies depicting the negative repercussions such sexually-oriented businesses have on communities — especially smaller ones like Windsor Locks."

Windsor Locks, WLCSC representatives said, citing an unidentified source of crime statistics, would be subjected to possibility of an increase of crime because "crime is greater in places with sexually-orientated businesses compared to areas without it."

WLCSC's concerns are echoed in numerous letters written to town officials and the state department of consumer protection from Hilton Hotel personnel.

Hilton's Homewood Suites is located next door to the current Pool Table Magic location on Route 75, and argued, in a letter to the department of consumer protection, the establishment of an adult-entertainment business to the Route 75 strip would bring "certain elements" to the neighborhood that will enghance crimes associated with drugs and other illegal activities.

Additionally, Homewood Suites associates argued the proposed gentlemen's would negatively affect area property values and would deter clientele from choosing the hotel due to an unwillingness to stay next to a business showcasing exotic dancers.

A public hearing on the proposed gentlemen's club has been scheduled for 7 p.m. on Feb. 11 at Windsor Locks town hall.

Bonnie Karkowski February 05, 2013 at 07:43 PM
This is an insidious start to the demise of the area. I urge all those opposed to this "club", to attend the public hearing and SPEAK up. Don't be silent! Your mere presence is not enough unless someone speaking in your behalf asks that all those there in opposition stand in unison. If you can not attend the meeting, send a letter immediately to your Planning and Zoning Commissioners and request that it be read at the hearing. You should be able to send that letter by email if you wish. Don't sit back and do nothing. Start circulating a petition in opposition immediately. Contact all your churches to get representatives to attend the meeting on behalf of their congregations. Get your PTA involved. So many aspects of your community will be harmed by this, you must do everything possible to prevent it.
Catherine & Dennis February 05, 2013 at 10:46 PM
The Town of Windsor can at least speak out against this on behalf of our residents!
Malvi Lennon February 05, 2013 at 10:55 PM
I agree a strip club will attract the type of people we would like to see stay away from our communities - but it is tough to fight these businesses. According to the courts, they have a First Amendment Right to express their erotic message. While I do not think our ancestors pictured pasties and thongs when they wrote the Constitution this is what happens when courts continue to expand its meaning.
Malvi Lennon February 05, 2013 at 10:59 PM
Do not hold your breath - in fact, I can picture some of them salivating just waiting for the place to open.
Julian McKinley (Editor) February 05, 2013 at 11:05 PM
Great point, Malvi. While, from what I've read, pasties will get little-to-no use at the proposed business, businesses like these are also protected under a special town ordinance in Windsor Locks. I'll have more on this in the coming days.
Albert Williams February 06, 2013 at 05:08 PM
Ah man, I thought it was going to be in Windsor...thought that's why the old Chevy dealer had "Wiggle Room" painted on the windows!!

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