Summit Twp. ZBA denies application from “Club at 4200” developer

JACKSON, MI (WLNS) – It’s known as The Club at 4200. Some say it’s a swingers club, others say it isn’t. The owners of the proposed club in Jackson appealed a decision by Summit Township that keeps that kind of establishment out of a specific zoning area.

Township officials refused to allow the adult couple’s club at this property, even though the area is zoned for clubs and lodges.

Both sides presented their case in front of the Summit Township Zoning Board of Appeals Thursday night.

It’s been a battle between the definition of the term club.

Epicurean Development LLC. filed what’s called an “Ordinance Interpretation Application with the Summit Township Zoning Board of Appeals.

This comes after the township refused to allow their development, Club At 4200 at this property, even though the area is zoned for clubs and lodges, and the developers already started construction.

The township argues that the zoning is meant to allow fraternal, charitable, or service-based organizations, and tonight after both sides presented their case, a decision was made.

“Deny the application as it as it related to the definition of clubs and lodges,” John Worden, Zoning Administrator for the Summit Township Zoning Board of Appeals said.

According to the owner’s attorney, the Club at 4200 will be a private membership adult club, with a “bring your own beer” type of setting. There will be no paid workers or bouncers, just volunteers.

During public comment though, many people referred to this establishment as a “swingers club,” however the owner’s attorney says he doesn’t know where that term is coming from.

“I couldn’t tell ya,” Bradford Maynes said. He’s representing Epicurean Developments LLC.

“That’s something that we’ve heard in Mr. Fahey’s letter and comments from the township, but it’s not anything that created by our organization or by our clients.”

As of right now, the developer has stopped construction, while the case is pending in the Michigan Court of Appeals.

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