Community Survey Background

The Man Cave Survey
What is The Man Cave Niteclub LLC? 

Located at 3201 E. Dunes Highway Gary,IN  46402  (in the former Pandora’s Box Strip Club), The Man Cave Niteclub LLC faces Emerson’s westward gateway and Aetna, Glen Ryan and Miller’s eastward gateways.  


As described by the owners at the September 7, 2016 Miller Business Association Meeting:
The Man Cave Niteclub LLC will be similar to an Asian style hostess bar. Workers will be provocatively clothed, but not nude. They will be paid to dance and drink with patrons. Patrons will pay for the dances and drinks. There will be no cover. We will seat 59. We do not have a restaurant capacity kitchen. We plan to have a food truck serve food there. We do not have a permit for this food truck. We will not do any upgrades to the exterior. We will open at 7am and go as late as we can. We will have at least a two-way liquor license. No we do not have the two-way liquor license yet. We were turned down this morning due to community concern. We will reapply on October 4th. We chose this location because it is by the highway and the mills. No we did not research the surrounding communities, before we invested in this location. Yes we sued the city because they stated we needed a permit because they think we are a sexually oriented business. We won our suit. 


Community Background:
Over the past 20 years there has been a community-wide effort to deter prostitution/ human trafficking and adhere to code enforcement within adult entertainment venues in the 46402 and 46403 zip codes. This has led our area to go from having many adult entertainment venues to just three and one adult store. Though hostess bar employees may not be nude, many have become prostitutes in other communities. Currently, the United Methodist Women, Gary’s Rotary Club and Sacred Transformations (all located within The Man Cave Niteclub LLC’s footprint) have initiatives helping to stop human trafficking. In 2015, members of the volunteer run-Gary’s Miller Spotlight Project gathered 4,013 comments about Gary’s Miller neighborhood from vested community members. By analyzing these conversations, we were able to form 7 action groups. The 76 action group volunteers reviewed the facts surrounding our community members’ statements. By sourcing our information directly from the public, and then reviewing the validity of the SWOT data, we have been able to identify which grants, form partnerships and initiate  programs that suit the needs of our community and all its residents. This survey and then review process help our volunteers determine how we as a community can plan to take action towards continuing to revitalize our neighborhood. We were able to create 29 attainable goals and our community vision for 2025. We are spending the next 10 years attempting to implement this vision and accomplishing our goals. (Downtown-Emerson is in the process of creating a vision and community plan currently) :

Miller is a beautiful, high density, universally designed neighborhood in Gary, Indiana, known as an active arts community and a destination for beach and waterfront recreation. Miller provides quality education and programs for its youth and a variety of activities for residents of all ages. Inviting gateways and transit options make Miller accessible to visitors from throughout the region, and Miller’s inclusive community design make it easy for residents and visitors alike to enjoy the area’s activities and natural environment. A vibrant downtown supports a strong business community and provides quality employment opportunities. Resident leadership and initiative create a thriving, safe, and inclusive neighborhood with government, philanthropic, and business support enriching those initiatives. The Miller neighborhood is a vibrant and functional community to live, work, and play in.


* 1. Do you think The Man Cave will help us achieve our community vision?(Please review our community vision below before answering this question)

Our Community Vision for 2025: Miller is a beautiful, high density, universally designed neighborhood in Gary, Indiana, known as an active arts community and a destination for beach and waterfront recreation. Miller provides quality education and programs for its youth and a variety of activities for residents of all ages. Inviting gateways and transit options make Miller accessible to visitors from throughout the region, and Miller’s inclusive community design make it easy for residents and visitors alike to enjoy the area’s activities and natural environment. A vibrant downtown supports a strong business community and provides quality employment opportunities. Resident leadership and initiative create a thriving, safe, and inclusive neighborhood with government, philanthropic, and business support enriching those initiatives. The Miller neighborhood is a vibrant and functional community to live, work, and play in.


* 2. Over the past 20 years there has been a community-wide effort to deter prostitution/ human trafficking and adhere to code enforcement within adult entertainment venues in the 46402 and 46403 zip codes. This has led our area to go from having many adult entertainment venues to just three and one adult store. Though hostess bar employees may not be nude, many have become prostitutes in other communities. Would you feel better welcoming a hostess bar into our community if the owners publicly shared their strategic plan as to how they will ensure no prostitution will occur on and/ or near their facility?

* 3. Since The Man Cave is adamant about its not being a sexually oriented business, would you agree the owners should be required to create an exterior that does not directly mirror the notorious strip club that previously occupied it? 

* 4. The Man Cave is planning to have a food truck provide food for its venue. They do not have one secured nor a peddlers license, nor a contract with a city-approved vender. Do you think it is odd that a venue that applied for a business license as a restaurant/ night club does not have a kitchen with the capacity to suit its cliental?

* 5. The Man Cave is not zoned, nor permitted to host sexually oriented enterprises, however one of its owners stated on 9/7/16 that they would definitely rent it out for adult parties. These parties could have strippers. Do you have an opinion on this?


* 6. The Man Cave owners have stated that unlike Hooters and The Tilted Kilt it will be a 21 and over venue. Would you feel better welcoming a 21 and over hostess bar into our community if the owners publicly shared their strategic plan as to how they will ensure no one under the age of 21 will work at The Man Cave?

* 7. Over the past 20 years there has been a community-wide effort to deter the illegal selling of narcotics in the 46402 and 46403 zip codes. This has led our area to have a significant drop in crime. Hostess bars in other communities have become drug dens. Would you feel better welcoming a hostess bar into our community if the owners publicly shared their strategic plan as to how they will ensure no illegal drug use will occur on and/ or near their premises?

* 8. Please leave anymore comments, questions, or concerns you may have about The Man Cave Niteclub LLC below.


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