The 1700 block of Massachusetts Street has changed.
The adult novelty store Naughty But Nice, whose owner was in a dispute with the city, moved out last week, obeying a judge's eviction order.
Bruce Banning, the landlord for the building at 1741 Mass., said owners of Beat the Bookstore have leased the building. The operators of the bookstore, now at 622 W. 12th St., are remodeling the former Naughty But Nice building and plan to move in by the end of the month.
"We're pretty happy with it," said Denise Keating, an owner of Beat the Bookstore with her husband, Dan. "It's good visibility. It's good access."
Where Naughty But Nice will end up is still unclear. The store's owner, Richard Osburn, has said he would reopen. He has talked about his hope to relocate just outside the city limits.
Osburn could not be reached for comment this week.
At 1741 Mass., Naughty But Nice violated a 2000 city ordinance that restricted adult-themed businesses to locations along highways. Osburn had until 2005 to find a new location, and after an unsuccessful search, he faced city court charges.
In December, a district court judge ruled in an eviction trial that Osburn had until Jan. 5 to move out.
If he tries to relocate his business in the county, Osburn's shop would also have to meet certain regulations, including seeking a conditional-use permit for a commercial- or industrial-zoned property, said Keith Dabney, director for the Douglas County Zoning and Codes Department.
One regulation prohibits adult-entertainment businesses from being within 1,000 feet of another one and also from homes, residential zoning, churches, schools, parks and playgrounds.
Dabney said the regulations that last changed in 1999 did not affect the three existing adult-entertainment businesses outside Lawrence.