TRIANA, Ala. (WHNT) – Triana residents are the first to say they moved to the small town because of its potential for economic growth.
But a controversial business proposal right outside their front doors isn’t exactly what they had in mind.
A strip club owner from Birmingham is hoping to expand his business to Triana. Gregory Jackson applied for a liquor license for an “upscale gentlemen’s club and restaurant,” according to documents WHNT News 19 obtained from the town clerk.
The news isn’t sitting well with members of the Savannah neighborhood, off of Wall Triana Highway. They are bringing their fight to the town council in hopes of preventing the development that would be a little too close to home.
While it’s safe to say strip clubs are rarely met with enthusiasm from families, Triana the residents feel like the latest proposal is particularly disconcerting.
“This type of business is not necessarily the type of growth we were looking for,” said resident Caroline Kaufman.
There are the usual concerns of safety, drugs, crime, and traffic. But all of those worries are made worse by the proposed location.
The gentleman’s club would sit on a now empty plot of land directly across from the entrance to the Terrace at Savannah subdivision.
“It’ll be the first impression any visitors or potential buyers family or friends come to visit us have of our community as they enter our neighborhood,” said Kaufman.
It is not exactly the welcome wagon they envisioned when potential home buyers come to town.
The group of concerned community members will bring their fight to the town council later this week. They hope the gentleman’s club will take the business elsewhere.
“We’re going to just continue to voice our opinion and hope the town council listens to what we have to say.”
A petition protesting the development has already gained more than 100 signatures. They hope to gather more before a town council meets for a work session this Thursday.
The council plans to vote on the proposal at the end of the month.