Despite Opposition New Club Gets Approval to Sell Alcohol

Residents in the southwest side of Wichita Falls are talking about a new nightclub that got approval on Wednesday to sell alcohol in their neighborhood.

It's a move residents have been protesting and dozens turned out to the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting Wednesday afternoon trying to block the request.

After hours of deliberations the commission approved the permit, leaving residents outraged.

The lot on the corner of Southwest Parkway and Fairway has been vacant for nearly a decade and now Jerry Bradshaw who also runs Outskirts wants to open another entertainment venue, but residents don't want it so close to their homes.

"He is not trying to put in a nursing home there, or a childcare center, folks wake up he's wanting to put a honky tonk there," said resident Richard West.

The room was packed, and tensions were high.

"I don't want to share that parking lot with you, I don't want your liquor there.   You're not welcome, we're not going to be good neighbors," said Dee Barnes who owns the strip mall next to the vacant building.

Dozens of people spoke in opposition for this club, but the ones who were there to support it, also grabbed he commission's attention.

"You don't have to go in a bar to get it you can get it anywhere, all you gotta do is know the right people.  If these people think that their kids don't drink and do something wrong they better open their eyes," said one resident who was for the sell of alcohol.

Residents were also concerned about parking, traffic, and noise.  The establishment only has 300 designated spots for parking, but the maximum capacity is more than 2,200.  If parking is an issue the city will have to deal with it at another time, because the commission approved the sell of alcohol beverages with an amendment that music may not be heard near any property line.  Something that business owner Jerry Bradshaw was very pleased with.

"Outskirts is run in a very fine establishment and this one will be run the same," said Bradshaw.

For residents it was an outcome they didn't see coming, one that may have them moving away.

"I'll have to move if they serve alcohol that close to my house.  I'm not going to put my children in jeopardy so others can have a party," said resident Rachel Dean.

The commission listened and understood the concerns but members understand there will be some benefits as well.

A new business that will attract people from across Texoma and add about 50 new jobs.  Mr. Bradshaw plans to open the venue as a country club with rock and roll music.  He also plans to open it up for benefits as well.

This decision isn't final.  It can be appealed and thus be brought to city council for them to debate over.