On the heels of a city battle over a new Larry Flynt Hustler Club in downtown Detroit, another skirmish is brewing over a topless bar being proposed on 8 Mile on the site of a former go-kart track.
Community advocates working to revitalize the corridor are calling for a moratorium on such businesses, arguing the city already has 33 such bars, nine of which are located on the famed boundary between the city and suburbs.
Fisher, executive director of the Detroit Community Initiative, a nonprofit that works in northeast Detroit, where the new bar is planned, and other advocates plan to voice their concerns at a Jan. 31 hearing before the city's Department of Buildings and Safety Engineering, where the property's owner will apply to use the land for a topless bar.
The 6-acre property on 8 Mile and Mt. Elliott is zoned for industrial use. Under the city's regulations, new topless bars cannot open on land zoned for commercial use, but they can open on land zoned for industrial use.