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Plans for a transgendered club in Wyandotte were thwarted by the Zoning Board of Appeals there Wednesday when members unanimously voted not to offer a variance on parking requirements for the establishment.

"It went just about as horribly as you might expect," says Guy Conti, the attorney representing Janet Law who wants to open the club on Saturday evenings.

Law owns Janet's Closet, a store carrying clothing, accessories, cosmetics and wigs for cross-dressing men. It's located in a 15,000-square-foot building on Fort Street along with National Engines, a garage and parts store for racecars.

But about 1,200 square feet of the building weren't being used, so Law designed and built club space.

Between the time she first applied to open the club and this week's hearing, the city changed its ordinances for how much parking would be required. Law sought a variance. It was denied.

Conti says they'll decide next week whether to file a lawsuit in Wayne County Circuit Court or U.S. District Court since First Amendment issues about allowing peaceable assembly are involved.

News Hits is edited by Curt Guyette. Contact the column at 313-202-8004 or NewsHits@metrotimes.com

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