Recent addendum to application clarifies intended property use Shelton\u2019s Planning and Zoning Commission will discuss the application for a \u201cneo-speakeasy\u201d at its special meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m. P&Z Administrator Rick Schultz issued the following statement prior to the commission\u2019s scheduled meeting for Tuesday, Dec. 12, where the Hush It Up LLC application was initially supposed to be discussed. \u201cCommissioners Harger and Pogoda are not feeling well and have decided to take up this matter and other unfinished items at the Dec. 19 meeting,\u201d Schultz wrote in an email to The Herald on Monday. After receiving a whirlwind of attention via social media prior to even filing an application back in October for the business, which would be located on the first floor of 303 Old Bridgeport Avenue below Hunan Pan, the owner of Hush It Up LLC and applicant Randi England filed an addendum to the property\u2019s stated use to help clear up some apparent misconceptions. Before England filed the addendum, residents took to Facebook to express their opposition to having a business that featured adult entertainment. Schultz ultimately denied the application because its initial statement of use \u201cindicates that a Speakeasy activity is proposed at this location which is a prohibited use.\u201d The latest version of the applicant\u2019s stated intended use of the property says the business will not feature adult entertainment at all. The addendum to the property\u2019s statement of use reads as follows: \u201cA \u2018speakeasy\u2019-themed establishment in 2017 is not the same thing as a \u2018speakeasy\u2019 97 years ago. By a \u2018speakeasy\u2019 theme, the applicant does not intend to operate the kind of establishment which existed during Prohibition. \u2026 A more accurate term might be \u2018neo-speakeasy.\u2019 It describes a bar whose entrance typically is inconspicuous, known by word of mouth, that requires some effort or knowledge to find. \u2026 The Premises will not in any manner, kind or form be an \u2018adult oriented business,\u2019 including but not limited to, an \u2018adult business\u2019, an \u2018accessory adult use\u2019, an \u2018adult cabaret\u2019, or an \u2018adult personal service establishment\u2019, as those terms are defined in the Shelton Planning and Zoning Regulations.\u201d England said she is aware that an adult-oriented business is prohibited in the property\u2019s current zoning of light industrial and she attributes the misinformation to rumors spread via social media. The owner of Hush It Up added that the rumors that were spread on Facebook about the business featuring topless dancers or \u201cburlesque shows\u201d were completely false. \u201cThe only \u2018burlesque\u2019 aspect offered at the Premises is music and comedy in the style of a 1920\u2019s variety show, which may include, for example, instrumental and vocal musical performers, comedians, comedic sketches, magicians, jugglers and ventriloquists,\u201d reads the addendum to the property\u2019s statement of use.