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Morrow Mansion in Salem not OK’d as bed-breakfast

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The owner of a well-known strip club in Portland suffered a setback in her quest to turn a Marion County mansion into a bed-and-breakfast.

Carol Lee — who also co-owns Portland’s vegan strip club, Casa Diablo — bought the Morrow Mansion in 2017 for $2.5 million. She wanted to turn the 21,000-square-foot building with nine bedrooms, 11 fireplaces, a swimming pool, bowling alley and dance floor into a bed-and-breakfast.

Marion County officials initially nixed the plan, so Lee petitioned the Land Use Board of Appeals. In a 21-page ruling, the appeals board agreed with Marion County’s decision not to allow the mansion near Sprague High School to be a B&B.

The owner of a well-known Portland strip club wants to turn a Marion County mansion into an upscale bed-and-breakfast, Jan. 3, 2019 (KOIN) 

Among the reasons are that B&B’s are limited to having only 5 bedrooms, that Lee would not always reside at that location — she also owns a home in Lake Oswego — and the amenities at the mansion were outside the definition of what a B&B is.

Read: Land Use Board of Appeals decision

“The board of commissioners concluded that the evidence in the record failed to establish that the bed and breakfast will be operated by a resident of the dwelling, because the board of commissioners doubted that petitioner is a “resident of the dwelling…” the Land Use Board of Appeals wrote.

KOIN 6 News has reached out to Lee for comment and will update this story later.

The owner of a well-known strip club in Portland has plans to turn a Marion County mansion into a bed-and-breakfast but many locals aren't on board. 
The owner of a well-known Portland strip club wants to turn a Marion County mansion into an upscale bed-and-breakfast, Jan. 3, 2019 (KOIN) 

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