NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) - A Newport News night lounge will get to open after being met with resistance from one City Council member.
Newport News City Council approved the night lounge on Jefferson Avenue near City Center in September. Councilman Robert Coleman voted in favor as well, but nine days later he changed his mind and asked Council to reconsider approving the business.
Coleman told 10 On Your Side after the vote in September he received additional information about the lounge he felt council needed to hear. He would not say what type of information he received.
Hours before the council meeting Tuesday night, Coleman told 10 On Your Side he changed his mind once again. He decided not to bring up a motion to reconsider the lounge. He also added that none of his fellow council members wanted to change their vote on the lounge.
The whole ordeal was frustrating for the lounge's owner Crystal Sawyer, who says she is ready to put the whole thing behind her.
"I would like to give an older crowd an opportunity and a place to go, they deserve a place to go," Sawyer said. "We are very limited here to a particular type of business."
Despite Coleman's previous change of vote, there were enough votes to allow Sawyer to go ahead with her business plans.
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