HAMMOND | And then there were three — local gentlemen’s clubs that is. The former Kenny May's, 6620 Calumet Ave., has been razed to make way for a new retail development.
Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. said he was encouraged that bricklayers were out at the site this week erecting a new Family Dollar store in its place.
“We’ve reduced from five to three the number of strip clubs in the city since I’ve been mayor,” he said, adding the city had received a number of complaints about activities at Kenny May's over the years.
“I imagine the neighbors are happy.”
Hammond Economic Development Director Phil Taillon said the establishment had been operating legally, in terms of zoning. Although city code restricts strip clubs industrial zones, Kenny May's had been grandfathered in when the law changed, continuing as a legal non-conforming use in a C-4 commercial zone.
The three existing clubs in Hammond are operating legally in industrial zones. Once Kenny May's went out of business, the site could no longer be used for a strip club business.
“It’s safe to say there will never be a gentlemen’s club there again,” Taillon said.
He said the new land owner owns several other Family Dollar stores, including one in downtown Hammond.
“We were initially concerned with the facade of the new structure, but worked with them to ensure we’ll have a nice brick building there,” he said. “And we’re making sure the landscaping is up to city standards.”