Updated:McKEESPORT, Pa. —
A block in McKeesport is expected to become an adult entertainment district.
McKeesport City Council voted and passed an ordinance Wednesday night, allowing the designation of a short stretch of West Fifth Avenue for adult businesses.
The public was invited to preview the option before the vote Wednesday.
Because the stretch is away from private homes and designated industrial, not to mention the fact a gentleman's club and an adult bookstore are already there, city leaders believe confining sexually-oriented businesses to the corridor is a good idea.
Mayor Michael Cherepko said it was the best they could do.
“By no means is this an ordinance that’s encouraging these types of establishments," he said.
Neighbors and business owners have concerns.
“It doesn’t sound like a very good thing,” said business owner Bob Paterra.
Patera is the owner of one of only two businesses that are not adult-oriented.
“My business is a family-type business,” he said.
Saints and Sinners Gentleman’s Club on Walnut Street hasn’t opened yet because city officials said the owner hasn’t gotten the proper permits. It’s not clear yet if the club can stay put or will have to relocate to the district.
“If we have to regulate and have one corridor where there are adult businesses, OK they can be regulated and controlled,” said Barnhart who had protested Saints and Sinners.
Per the ordinance, adult establishments can only apply for permits on the stretch.