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Durham City Councilman Howard Clement is taking the lead in trying to bring an accord between owners of the Adam & Eve sex-merchandise business and citizens who want to keep their store from opening in south Durham.
“I don’t mind,” Clement said during Monday night’s council meeting.
The Adam & Eve store is a tenant in one of two buildings under construction at the northwest corner of Fayetteville Road and N.C. 54. As of Monday night, an “Adam and Eve Sex Shop in SW Durham — Just Say No” petition had collected 1,150 signatures.
“People have been outraged, as I am, about placing that facility in a residential area,” Clement said.
Clement had raised the issue at a council work session in November, when City Attorney Patrick Baker replied that, since an Adam & Eve retail store does not fall under the city’s definition of an “adult business,” there is nothing the council can do to block its opening.
“I think it would be futile for us to try to get involved ... that would be a road that we should not have taken,” said councilman Eugene Brown.
“The neighborhood could certainly sit down and negotiate with the owner of this store,” said Mayor Pro Tem Cora Cole-McFadden, “about what they could have in the windows and that kind of thing.”
Cole-McFadden asked planning director Steve Medlin to facilitate such negotiating.
“Should not the council intervene with the owners?” Clement said. “I don’t think the onus should be left on the neighborhood.”
Mayor Bill Bell then suggested that Clement act as liaison.
“I will gladly assume that responsibility,” he said.

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Last I checked the store will be in a small shopping center wedged in front of a huge strip mall with a Kroger, Blockbuster, Wolf Camera, McDonalds, and many other businesses. Across Fayetteville is another strip mall with a nail salon, a UPS store, and a Walgreens among others. Across 54, there is another shopping center with a Harris Teeter, Roses, TCBY, restaurants, a gas station, Wendy's, and many others. The intersection of Fayetteville Road and 54 is hardly residential.
At the end of the day Adam and Eve is a legal retail business. They are allowed to rent any space as long as the landlord continues to accept their rent.

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Jim Wise is a Durham News/N&O reporter and columnist who follows city and county government land-use and neighborhood issues. He's author of "Durham: A Bull City Story" and "Durham Tales: The Morris Street Maple, the Plastic Cow, the Durham Day That Was and More ... "
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