Taboo Adult Store
Charlottetown City Council must decline this ‘change of use’ application
Dear mayor and members of the Charlottetown City Council:
Together with many members of Zion Presbyterian Church, I view with considerable concern the application for a Change of Use for the property of 211 Euston Street, allowing the tenancy of Taboo Company Adult Store/Smoke Shop.
This neighbourhood has been working hard to improve its image and demographic over the last few years. There have been a number of positive renovations to homes and businesses alike, all of which bring considerable hope to the area.
Blessed with two fine schools, this area has slowly been revisioning itself as a family-friendly, positive and welcoming place for families young and old to settle.
All of these positive developments can be quickly undermined by the placement of an adult store/smoke shop on a prominent streetfront location. Not only streetfront, but right in front of a school crossing! How are the parents of children attending Birchwood Intermediate School and Prince Street Elementary School supposed to feel about this? Not to mention owners and tenants of adjacent buildings?
An article in The Guardian (July 14, 2014) described the business as selling “sex toys, lingerie and paraphernalia such as pipes, hookahs and scales.” To interpret “pipes, hookahs and scales” as pertaining to anything other than drug use beyond mere tobacco is willful ignorance. And this, between two schools.
This neighbourhood will become what City Council allows it to be. If council wishes this neighbourhood to be one appropriate for this kind of merchant, it needs simply approve the application. If council wishes this neighbourhood to continue to become more family friendly, reflecting the schools, churches and improving demographic, it must decline this “change of use.” This is not a matter of “not in my backyard;” this is a matter of “in the appropriate backyard.” And this is not an appropriate location.
On behalf of many in the neighbourhood, and on behalf of many within Zion Presbyterian Church, I encourage the rejection of this application.
By Rev. Douglas Rollwage (guest opinion)
Rev. Douglas Rollwage is lead minister, Zion Presbyterian Church, Charlottetown