Friday, June 20 2014, 10:40 PM CDT
Mixed Reviews Over New Teen Nightclub in Danville
DANVILE -- Club Dollaz is a new nightclub and lounge for teenagers in Danville.
Owners say it'll let "kids be kids," in a safe place, but some parents are already saying "no."
"I just think that there are better ways that we can engage them besides opening up a night club for them," mother Tia Awodeha said.
Tywan Evans and Troy Hill are the club's co-owners. Both men are fathers who say danville teens need a local hangout, especially one that is alcohol free.
"Danville's kind of, in my eyes, turned into an older community. I mean the economy's not the best either. And the things that we do bring it's not age-oriented for the younger crowd," Hill said.
The club, located at 1113 E. Main Street, does have age restrictions. Thursdays are for 13 to 16 year olds, while Fridays and Saturdays are 17 and up.
Owners say security guards will be at the doors, cameras will be installed and police will be close by.
"We do have a wand, it searches for weapons and we do search for alcohol contents. We don't allow jackets and purses in the facility to try to eliminate that," Evans said.
"I think that's a great thing. As long as it's a positive place that has positive adult influences and adult supervision, I think that gives kids an opportunity or place to gather and enjoy things together," Boys & Girls Club of Danville Executive Director Robert Gifford, said.
Still, some parents say the positive intent could turn negative.
"It's so late in the night and you know, our children will be mingling with older children, two and three years older than them, and you know, as a parent, I might have a problem with that," Awodeha said.
ABC NewsChannel 15's Kim Shine reports.