New Haven Residents Fight Sexually Themed Adult Store

By Ryan Elijah

June 18, 2010 Updated May 5, 2009 at 12:25 PM EDT

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During recessions, new businesses are usually welcomed with open arms, but some New Haven residents say that doesn't include an adult novelty store. Cupid's Castle LLC received a permit to renovate this building directly across the street from homes.
Lisa Blanton- The school bus has two stops right in front of the store and there are 13 kids that live on this street.
Back in 2002, New Haven Mayor Terry McDonald saw what was happening with Fort Wayne ordinances and felt he needed to protect his city. He introduced this ordinance to council that would have placed tougher restrictions on sexually themed businesses, but the ordinance was voted down.
Since the property is zoned commercial, there is little the city of New Haven can do now to stop the adult store from opening
Terry McDonald- It's going to have an impact when you bring this type of business into your community. We have 30-thousand people each day travel on the highway, so it's disappointing.
Residents tell us more than a dozen kids live on the street, while property values are a concern, their biggest worry is that the store will draw sexual predators to their street. They're also not happy with the owner of Tony's Autohaven, they say he is leasing the building to cupid's against their wishes.
'he said he needed to pay his bills", said Lisa Blanton
When the adult bookstore opens, this street is the only thing that will separate it from these residences. As far as the City of New Haven is concerned, they plan to have their legal team review federal and state laws and present a new ordinance to council, maybe as early as this month.
Terry McDonald- You can't look back at 2002, we're going to get a new tougher ordinance and make sure it passes.
Terry Wehrling is the only councilman left from the 2002 Council and he voted in favor of the Mayor's ordinance. Had that ordinance passed, these residents wouldn't have t worry about their children since no adult themed business would be allowed to open less than 1000 feet from a residence, school or church.

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