Ordinance Aims To Limit Adult Entertainment In Nashville

Posted at 10:32 PM, Aug 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-12 23:32:15-04

Metro Council members proposed an ordinance that could restrict a well known Nashville strip club from opening up on Church street.

Downtown Metro Council Member Freddie O'Connell and others introduced the legislation that suggests high-density residential developments don't mix with adult entertainment - something that's currently allowed in certain areas in Nashville.

"If you want to encourage housing development it's hard to go say, look we've got an opportunity to develop in midtown right now, but just beware this is the only place in the city you can open a strip club," Freddie O'Connell said.

One of the most infamous strip clubs in Nashville is Deja Vu near the gulch. For 26 years, it's been a landmark just off Demonbreun Street. 

The company's lobbyist said the long time home of the club was sold in February, but the intention was not to leave Nashville. Deja Vu must find a new home by summer 2017.

Utilities records show Deja Vu of Nashville took over water and electric bills of a building at 1418 Church St. in the beginning of August. One of the few areas that allows for adult entertainment near high density residential development.

O'Connell said the ordinance would still allow for strip clubs in the city since Nashville must allow for adult entertainment businesses just in other areas.

"It benefits the strip clubs because they have more affordable options," said O'Connell. "They have more geographic options. Then ultimately it benefits residents."

The council passed on the first reading of the ordinance last week. A public hearing was set for October.