Adult-bookstore vote slated for April 5 - Catholic Courier

Adult-bookstore vote slated for April 5

The Town of Greece’s Zoning Board of Appeals is slated to vote April 5 on an application from Jan DeGroote, owner of a proposed adult bookstore, for variances to Greece zoning restrictions requiring adult businesses to be at least 1,000 feet away from schools, churches, child-care centers, parks or playgrounds.

Residents living near the site of the proposed bookstore objected to its establishment during both a Feb. 15 public hearing and a March 15 hearing. The zoning board had been slated to vote on the application March 15, but decided to consider the issue further after several more area residents and business owners addressed the question at a meeting that night. About 170 people attended the meeting and, with the exception of the attorney representing DeGroote, everyone who addressed the board spoke in opposition to the bookstore.

The site of DeGroote’s proposed bookstore is within 50 feet of one residence and less than 1,000 feet from five other residences.

The prospect of such a bookstore at that location has drawn fierce opposition from parishioners at both Holy Rosary and Most Precious Blood parishes in Rochester, both of which are located nearby. In their fight against the bookstore, the parishes have worked with Interfaith Action, a federation of Monroe County churches, businesses and groups.

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