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Realtor Addresses West Franklin St. Parking Dispute

One of topic discussed during Evansville's Annual State of Real Estate meeting was the fight over a proposed West Franklin Street nightclub which hopes to turn the Old Bud's Harley Davidson into a bustling business.

Harris Howerton of F.C. Tucker addressed the issue on Thursday night, saying he was unhappy with the outcome of Franklinsteins. The bar was proposed by the owner of KC's Timeout Lounge, Kerry Chesser, but it was ultimately denied by the Board of Zoning Appeals due to a dispute over available parking.

Howerton said similar relaxations of parking requirements have been made across the city. He had a message for the board members who objected.

"While let's hope the offer is presented again," said Howerton, "and those who stopped it last time stay the hell out of it."

According to the Evansville Courier & Press, Chesser's company has filed a petition for judicial review in Vanderburgh Circuit Court. Chesser's lawyer claims the zoning board's variance denial was the first for any reason in 10 years.

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