Adult Novelty Store Not Coming To Lakewood

LAKEWOOD – An adult novelty store will not be joining the American Mattress Plaza in Lakewood.

On Monday, Charles Smith, Lakewood village code enforcement officer and building inspector, told the Village Board during its regular meeting that the owner of the plaza would not be executing a lease for the proposed business. On April 17, Jill Laemmerhirt said she was proposing to open an adult novelty retail store in the plaza, located at 305 E. Fairmount Ave., Lakewood, during a village Planning Board meeting.

”The issue is off the table,” Smith said to the board members.

Later in the meeting, the board passed a resolution to hold a public hearing at 6:45 p.m. Monday, May 13, to have a moratorium on issuing special-use permits for proposed adult novelty stores. The moratorium is to give the board time to address the issue in its zoning code. In January, the board passed a similar moratorium on issuing special permits for vehicle sales, building permits for constructing storage sheds and zoning permits for electronic-advertising signs.

In other village business, the board passed the 2013-14 village budget unanimously. The spending plan for the village includes a tax rate of $7.53, an increase of 23 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. The proposed tax levy is increasing by 1.3 percent to $1,705,355, which is a hike of $22,397.

An open house will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Lakewood Fire Department, 37 J.W. Packard Blvd., Lakewood. Kurt Hallberg, Lakewood fire chief, said the open house is to promote recruiting new members to the volunteer department.