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Published March 13, 2012, 10:10 PM

Owner of Proposed GF Lingerie Store Says She'll Sue City if Not Allowed to Open

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - People either for or against a controversial lingerie store that plans to open near a Grand Forks School now have a chance to share their opinions.

By: Stacie Van Dyke, WDAZ

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - People either for or against a controversial lingerie store that plans to open near a Grand Forks School now have a chance to share their opinions.

Fantasy's is on the agenda for the City Council meeting Monday night at 5:30.

The opening of Fantasy's was brought up at Monday night's city council meeting. The issue will be officially presented next Monday.

"We have the right to open, but by not issuing the building permit they're trying to stop us from doing that," Fantasy's owner Kim Patterson said.

"Everybody has the right to voice their opinions," Grand Forks City Council member Doug Christensen said.

Monday's meeting will eventually decide the fate of the proposed Fantasy's location on Washington St. It has become a waiting game for owner Kim Patterson

"They were going to issue building permits on Tuesday when we brought the new floor plan in, now today, they're refusing again because the City Council is now involved. Who knows what will happen?" Patterson said.

Christensen says monday's meeting could get interesting.

"Several things could happen: Mr. Swanson could tell us there's nothing we can do and they're entitled to a permit. Maybe he'll tell us we can issue a moratorium on these permits until we review it. I don't know what zoning requirements apply to the store, so we'll hear a lot of that from (him) sure. I don't think they'll be any council action on Monday because no committee has reviewed it," Christensen said.

As chairperson of the Finance Committee, Christensen says that review will likely be done by himself and his colleagues. The only thing he doesn't expect is a speedy decision.

"We deliberate things. I don't think this will just be a spur of the moment decision," Christensen said.

At this point, Fantasy's has not been issued a building permit, but Patterson says she's talking with lawyers and not going down without a fight.

"I'm going to fight the city. I know what my rights are. I know that I'm in the right. I haven't done anything wrong and they are breaking their own rules and regulations. We would sue them because basically it's a violation of our rights. We're following their rules and zoning codes," Patterson said.

All available members of the Grand Forks Planning Committee refused to comment.

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