Atlanta City Councilman Alex Wan is one step away from forcing adult businesses along Cheshire Bridge Road to shut down, or move out. The council’s zoning committee voted 3-2 with one abstention to move ahead with a controversial plan to give the notorious adult entertainment zone a makeover.
“It’s an encouraging sign, certainly, but it’s still not done yet,” said District 5 Council Member Alex Wan after the zoning board vote.
Wan has the backing of area residents and their planning unit. But businesses like the Onyx night club and Bliss adult novelty store have cried foul.
“I don’t think they understand the depth and threat of this ordinance … their efforts are unconstitutional,” Onyx attorney Aubrey Villines told the AJC. “They can say they’re not taking it, but they’re taking it.”
“The city legal department says we’re not depriving (the adult business owners) of their property,” Wan told WSB’s Pete Combs. “That would entail depriving them of its value. We’re simply denying a use.”
The matter is now scheduled for a Monday vote by the entire Atlanta City Council. Wan said his fellow lawmakers are divided on the matter – some believe it may be too innovative and controversial. Wan said he’s hopeful about the outcome, but refused to predict an outcome.
He can’t predict whether his fellow council members will vote with him on Monday to force these adult businesses to move within five years— a measure the owners of those businesses say is unconstitutional.