Troy City Council votes ‘no’ on porn district

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TROY, N.Y. — Troy's city council said no to establishing
a porn district in an area of south Troy with a 5-4 vote Thursday night.

For years Troy has prevented new adult stores from setting up shop in the
city by passing moratoriums, but some feared that set the city up for a
potential lawsuit. Thursday's zoning decision would have allowed shops that
sell adult DVDs, magazines, and sex toys to open their businesses in the south
end of Troy.

Charlene
Dobert was just one of dozens of people at the meeting who weren't happy with
the proposal to rezone a 70-acre plot of stretching from Canal Street to
the Menands Bridge, including the Rensselaer County Jail and numerous abandoned
industrial sites.

“I don't
know how they could think one community, south Troy, is not important,”
said Dobert.

City
council members say for years there had been a moratorium on establishing an
area zoned for adult businesses, and now is time to lift it.

“We
cannot exclude these businesses from any of or towns or villages. They are
allowed to be here,” said council president Lynn Kopka.

Some
council members say the area was chosen because the land is in bad shape and
some of the old buildings can't even be sold.

“It
makes it certainly more difficult to set up shop, but they are certainly able
to do so,” said Kopka.

The
businesses would have to be 300 feet from homes and schools, but some say
that's still too close.

 

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