When businesses turn out the lights, one business hopes to turn on the stage lights.
Charles Fischer hopes to open a gentlemen’s club in Downtown Columbus on North Fifth and Spring streets.
On his application to the city, he said he wants to create “a classy gentleman’s establishment, gearing toward hardworking businessmen that will include a dress code.”
Fischer told 10TV that he is trying to offer something that is not available downtown.
“There won’t be any neon signs,” Fischer said. “You won’t even know it’s there.”
Cleve Ricksecker, who represents development interests downtown, said the type of business Fisher wants does not belong downtown.
“Why go there, why create the precedent for adult uses in downtown when there aren’t adult uses now? Why create a whole other set of issues for downtown that we will live with for decades?” Ricksecker said.
Others said they do not have issues with the proposal.
“There’s a lot of professional men who go to strip clubs like this, so kudos to him for picking a spot like this,” said Deysuan Jones, who works down the street from the proposed club.
Susan Unger, who lives a few blocks from the proposed club, said she is concerned, though.
“We’re trying to make it a very good neighborhood and are concerned about the issue of prostitution.”
The plans for the club currently are tabled with the city’s development commission after legal issues came up.
Commissioners plan to revisit the proposal again in May.
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