TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – An illegal swingers club operating near a school in Terre Haute is being shutdown. 24-Hour News 8’s sister station, WTHI, alerted City Engineering.
It may not look like much, but inside the building located at 1929 Locust Street, you’ll find adult material.
‘Hometown Adult Video’ has been in business for years. But, it’s the newly created business upstairs that has neighbors concerned.
“Yeah, the swingers club has been there less than a year,” explained Janice Peretti, neighbor. “I won’t go in there because they have really nasty things in there. No, I won’t go in there at all.”
WTHI also found their website, “Terre Haute Topside,” which advertises a swingers club.
“There’s been a book store, an adult oriented book store, at that location for years. Long before the city ever had an adult oriented business ordinance,” Chuck Ennis, Terre Haute City Engineer explained. “So that use was ‘grandfathered’ in.”
That means the video store can operate within a residential area but the swingers club can not.
“The city passed an ordinance back in 2006 that set limits on where these businesses could be located,” Ennis continued.
The premier swingers club will not be shut down because of the business, it’s all about location. It’s near an elementary school just around the corner.
“These types of businesses, people don’t want these in their neighborhoods,” Ennis described. “They don’t want to live next door to one; they don’t want one next to the school.”
Ennis also stated an adult business cannot be within 500 feet of a school or church.
‘Terre Haute Topside’ is approximately 223 feet from Franklin Elementary, forcing inspectors to shut it down.
“Our job here is complaint driven. We’re not knocking on doors, ya know, checking out places like this until we get a complaint. Somebody calls and complains and then we respond,” Ennis stated.
City inspectors are giving ‘Terre Haute Topside’ a few weeks to close up shop.
A man who says his wife owns ‘Hometown Adult Video’ and that the upstairs apartment they lease and their video business are separate from ‘Terre Haute Topside.’