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Published April 18, 2012, 05:50 PM

Fantasy's Co-owner Submits New Request for Building Permit

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Despite being turned down, the owners of Fantasy's have once again submitted a request for a building permit. Co-owner Jim Patterson traveled from Fargo to Grand Forks on Wednesday to submit a formal request to the city.

By: Stacie Van Dyke, WDAZ

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Despite being turned down, the owners of Fantasy's have once again submitted a request for a building permit.

Co-owner Jim Patterson traveled from Fargo to Grand Forks on Wednesday to submit a formal request to the city.

Patterson came to City Hall on Tuesday to verbally request a building permit and on Wednesday, he brought a request in writing.

It's back to the drawing board for Patterson and a Grand Forks Fantasy's store. Patterson brought a new request to City Hall with copies for the city administrator, inspections and the planning and zoning departments. Patterson says he waited for 20 minutes, then was avoided.

"We were going to change the name, we were going to do a different business and it would be 100 percent in compliance with their new ordinance," Patterson said.

Despite his written request, at this point Patterson has not been issued a permit, causing him concerns about his five-year commitment at 418 N. Washington St., paying about $2,000 a month.

"Either I've got to pay a five-year lease and have nothing there or try to sell something and recoup my money," Patterson said.

He says he is willing to change the business model to comply with all requirements laid out in the ordinance passed last week regarding sexually-oriented businesses, but Grand Forks city officials say they want assurances that Fantasy's will comply.

"They wanted a list of any products that I would ever sell in that location, which is ridiculous because as everybody knows products change weekly," Patterson said.

Officials with the city refused to go on camera on Wednesday but they say they will issue Patterson a permit once they are assured that the store will comply with the ordinance.

City officials say they are willing to work with Patterson and will get in touch with him. They sent him a copy of the ordinance that he requested Wednesday afternoon.

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