Desire Video owner planning a cabaret

Staff writerAugust 13, 2013 

The owner of Desire Video, an adult video business on Pacific Avenue, is set to propose a cabaret for the business, and will meet with community and development officials Wednesday to talk about his idea, according to city data.

Owner Levi Bussanich’s plans were disclosed in an application for a presubmission conference, which allows developers and others to learn more about city requirements for their projects.

Bussanich could not be reached Monday, but in his application he explains that he wants to add a “cabaret to the existing adult entertainment business.”

“Less than one-third of building will be used for this,” the application states.

That’s the extent of the written description about the cabaret, although one floor plan included in the application sheds more light.

The floor plan shows raised seating areas as well as a place for a DJ, saloon-style doors and former offices that would be changed to “room for dancers.”

The drawing also shows space for a performance platform that would be raised by 36 inches and include a barrier six feet from the edge of the stage, both of which meet city code.

Olympia City Code regulates adult cabarets, stipulating building and operation specifications and standards of conduct and operation “applicable to adult oriented businesses.”

For example, dancers are “not permitted to appear nude or seminude except on stage.”

Another example: “No entertainer shall be visible from any public place outside the premises during the actual or apparent hours of his/her employment or performance on the premises.”

Community Planning and Development senior planner Cari Hornbein, who is the planner attached to Wednesday’s meeting, could not be reached.

This isn’t the first time Bussanich has pitched a new business for his Desire Video property.

After a failed effort to bring a WinCo Foods to the property in late 2008 — WinCo later built its first Thurston County store near Lacey and opened in 2010 — Bussanich proposed the Olympia Sex Emporium, a 15,000-square-foot expansion of the business at 3200 Pacific Avenue.

It was going to feature male and female strippers, live sex shows, an adult motel and a fetish and bondage area, although that plan never materialized.

Bussanich, who bought the Desire Video building in 2003, told The Olympian in 2008 that he operated nine adult video businesses in Washington and Oregon, employing 120. He said business was good, with revenue growing 10 percent annually.

Rolf Boone: 360-754-5403

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