MADISON, Tenn. (WKRN) – The controversial swingers club that its owners called a church has been shut down.
A fire marshal went to the building in Madison Sunday, 520 Lentz Drive, and found a “social club event” taking place, according to Brian Haas, a spokesman with the Nashville Fire Department.
Officials say everyone was told to leave since there wasn’t an occupancy permit at the building. It also had not undergone its final fire inspection.
A metro council woman, Karen Bennett, said she called the fire marshal.
“Sunday night I just drove by to check and see what was going on there,” said Bennett. She said she sometimes takes that ride because that is what people in her district ask her to do. On Sunday she said she saw about 40 cars in the parking lot and that is not all. “Music, activity, lights, lots of folks coming and going,” said Bennett.
She said Sunday wasn’t the first time she saw an event there. “I just drove by on father’s day and they were having a cook out event at the back corner of the property about ten people were present,” said Bennett.
Haas confirmed the fire marshal got a call about activity there a week before but when he showed up he didn’t notice any violations so no action was taken at the time. He said the fire marshal saw “clean up of some kind” when he got there but no violation.
“The Social Club” created a lot of controversy when it tried to open next to a Christian school, Goodpasture Christian School. Metro rezoned the property, and the building’s owners submitted plans to turn it in to a “church.”
Metro Zoning Administrator, Bill Herbert, said people will be allowed to use the building if it passes inspections.
News 2 reached out to the attorney representing the owners but did not hear back.