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Brad Hoyt, Pissed-Off Developer, Plans Porn Shop in Wayzata to Spite City

Adding some spice to downtown Wayzata!

Adding some spice to downtown Wayzata!

The pink building advertising a porn shop opening soon is turning heads amid the country club atmosphere of downtown Wayzata.

Developer Brad Hoyt is in the middle of a long-running feud with the city. After his latest development proposal, a five-story mixed-use building, was deemed too big, he says he went out looking for tenants.

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"I don't care who goes in there. I just want someone to pay me rent!" he says, telling us he's spent 10 years and $500,000 trying to get different developments approved at 253 East Lake Street on the western edge of downtown Wayzata.

Wayzata had to issue a statement on its website after residents started worrying about the sanctity of their downtown. The statement said the "XXX" sign must come down because it's not permitted, but a sex shop is not banned by current regulations.

Hoyt declines to name his prospective new tenant.

"There are 6,000 people living near Sex World downtown Minneapolis," Hoyt says. "I pass it every time I take my daughter to her violin lessons. What makes Wayzata any different than Minneapolis?"

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