Voters Restrict Adult Business in Vassalboro

Catherine Pegram

Updated 6 years ago

Less than a week after someone set fire to the Grand View Topless Coffee Shop in Vassalboro, residents passed an ordinance that puts new restrictions on adult businesses in town.By a show of cards in the crowd, only five of the more than 400 people in at a town meeting last night voted against the new restrictions.They set guidelines on how close an adult business can be to schools, homes, churches and parks. There are also restrictions on signs, and what’s on the exterior of the building.Supporters of the ordinance were pleased with the outcome, but opponents argue these new rules could limit valuable tax revenue.Donald Crabtree, the owner of the topless coffee shop says right now he’s planning to rebuild. If he does, the coffee shop would be grandfathered in, as long as it built exactly as the planning board approved earlier this year.Any expansion would fall under the new ordinance guidelines. Before the fire, Crabtree talked about possibly opening a strip club.


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