Kansas City, Kan. Wyandotte County officials are vowing to fight a proposal to put an entertainment venue that would include a strip club within five miles of burgeoning development near the Kansas Speedway.
The WTS Restaurant Group, which owns Bazooka's Showgirls in downtown Kansas City, made the proposal earlier this week to build the $3 million project in Edwardsville.
A brochure the attorney distributed to the Edwardsville City Council said the business, which developers have named Velocity, would feature "dining, cocktails and showgirls."
"We're really looking for the people who are going up and down I-70 and I-435," said Richard Bryant, who represents WTS. "Look at its proximity to the racetrack. Look at its proximity to (shopping area) Village West."
Even though Bryant estimated the business would bring 200 jobs and $5 million in sales to the area, Mayor Joe Reardon of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan., said the county would try to stop the proposal.
Last year, after hearing rumors that another strip club might open in Edwardsville, the Unified Board of Commissioners approved a resolution that limited the hours adult entertainment businesses could be open, prohibited employees from touching various parts of customers' bodies, and required a detailed criminal background check on operators and employees.
Bryant said the Unified Government's ordinance was "hastily worded" and could not apply to Edwardsville.
"It interferes with their home-rule provisions," Bryant said. "Edwardsville has its own codes department, its own zoning department, its own regulatory agency."
Edwardsville Mayor Stephanie Eickhoff said she was opposed to the strip club but it would be difficult to stop if operators followed city and Unified Government regulations.
Bryant said Edwardsville and Unified Government regulations may not be constitutional and vowed to file a lawsuit if Edwardsville does not changes its ordinances.