Protests over adult store near Bishop Kelley

TULSA - It's a question-consuming midtown Tulsa right now - Will an adult retail store really open right across from a Catholic school, and is there any way to stop it?

Tonight, members at Bishop Kelley High School coming out in protest - alongside a city councilor.

They say this unacceptable and want others to join in the fight against Hustler Hollywood.

Tonight the timeline was spoken about and some of the zonings hurdle the store might have to go through, but right now, a city councilor is saying the ball is already rolling with an approved remodeling permit.

The high school says it sits only 500 feet from an adult retail shop being built up near I-44 and 41st.

“So, in this case, it is not the desire to expose our young people to that, but also if not wanting a business like that to open that perpetuates something that ultimately is against the beauty and gift of sexuality," Bishop Kelley Father Gary Kastl said.

The Catholic high school pushing back on the plans for Hustler Hollywood to move-in just across the highway.

City officials also keeping a very close eye.

“Right now we're just waiting until we see their products," City Councilwoman Karen Gilbert said.
 
Councilor Gilbert says Hustler Hollywood filed for a remodeling permit back in April.

Once the store plans to open, they'll then need to apply for an occupancy permit.

Gilbert said if during that inspection officials find more 10 percent of the items on display to be sexual in nature they would not be able to operate as a retail store.

“If they are titled as a sexually oriented business then they would have to go before the city's board of adjustment and ask for a special exception," Gilbert said.

Neighbors are disappointed to see the ball moving so fast on this project that's going up in their backyard.

“I want everyone to know we need more people out here talking to the city about stopping this kind of stuff in our Tulsa. In midtown, neighbor Sue Bertrem said. "I didn't hear about this meeting until the news this evening. So, there's no warning except the city knew back in April,"

Councilor Gilbert says she will be updating everyone in the affected area-she tells me tonight it's unclear when the Hustler Hollywood store plans to open at this location.

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