Noblesville killed $5.5M development deal because of adult baby shop

Noblesville killed .5M development deal because of adult baby shop

The owner of a woodworking supply company said the city of Noblesville reneged on a $5.5 million development deal because he wouldn’t shut down a baby shop for adults he also owns.

Ryan Polokoff, owner of WoodTurningz, reached a preliminary agreement last October for property tax abatements if he built a new headquarters at 15405 Endeavor Drive. The incentive was part of a package deal with Texon Towel and Supply, Co., which would build an identical $5.5 million building next door.

When the city discovered he owned My Inner Baby, a store that sells adult diapers and other adult-sized baby clothes, it moved to nix the WoodTurningz deal because it “doesn’t meet the morals of the city,“ Polokoff siad. 

The city is now trying to shut the baby store down or force it to move to an adult entertainment zoning district, claiming it is a “sex shop.” Polokoff is challenging that designation and a hearing is scheduled before the Zoning Board of Appeals on Monday.