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The Greenville Board of Adjustment stands up future business owners trying to open their doors.

"Unfortunately we need six to form a quorum," Scott Shook chairman of the board told a packed room. "Obviously we don't have six."

What the Greenville Board of Adjustment did have at Thursday's meeting was just three of six members needed to conduct business.

The board's made up solely of volunteers, but their work is important.

It approves special use permits for restaurants, bars and clubs.

Shook's not happy with the message this sends business owners.

"One group has been before this board on more than one occasion and has to do this before and I'm frustrated about this," Shook said. "You deserve to have your case heard."

The group Shook mentioned are the owners of Limelight.

It's a former gay nightclub trying to relocate to the former Greenville Produce Market but its case keeps getting pushed back.

The club didn't get approved because it was within 500 feet of a residential property

So Limelight came prepared with a new proposal: a restaurant serving alcohol instead of just a nightclub.

Now, not only is limelight delayed but popular chain restaurant Fitzgerald's and a tattoo parlor, all of which will create jobs and boost tax revenue, are on hold.

Limelight co-owner Jeremy Jordan wouldn't talk on-camera, but he tells us this is the second time this has happened, and he's losing money.

The punch to the gut is even opponents of Limelight's original proposal like Morrice Green, a member of a nearby church, are now warming up to the restaurant idea.

"To be honest," Green said. "I may even go visit myself"
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Thursday night, the owners of what used to be Greenville's only gay dance club will make their case to re-open the business and get permission to use a downtown building to do so.

The 10th Street connector project forced the club, Limelight, to shut down to make way for the road.   
The owners want to use the old Greenville Produce Company building located just outside downtown.
In January, they were denied a variance and special use permit by the Greenville Board of Adjustment because a house stood within 500 feet of the building.
They're hoping to get a dining and entertainment establishment license to clear the way.
The hearing starts tonight at 7 at Greenville's city hall. We'll have an update at 11.
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