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West Linn issues cease and desist letter to BDSM 'play space'

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WEST LINN, OR (KPTV) -

The City of West Linn has ordered a local man to stop operating a bondage and discipline-sadomasochism room out of his home.

On its website, Mead Hall Dungeon is advertised as a private play space available for rental. David Levine said he hosts parties at the space twice a month.

“It’s simply people who enjoy gathering together and being in a fetish world with each other,” he explained.

The city began looking into Mead Hall Dungeon after a neighbor complained about several cars parking along West A Street, where the building is located.

Police determined no criminal activity was taking place, but the city then issued a cease and desist letter when they learned Levine did not have a business permit.

The city said Levine is violating code by operating without an adult business permit, but Levine said he doesn’t consider Mead Hall to be a business.

“We’re not using this to make income,” he said. “We’re using donations and stuff to be able to continue to supply paper plates and water and keep the electricity on.”

The dungeon is in a soundproofed, converted garage that sits off a long driveway.

Neighbors only recently learned about the adult activities taking place at the gatherings.

“All the neighbors around here were concerned because of the Friday night, Saturday night parking and the interesting people that seemed to be walking down the street and up the driveway,” said Robert Hoffman.

Mary Wendling said she was shocked when she found out about Mead Hall, especially because it’s located a few blocks down from West Linn High School.

“I just find it just totally inappropriate,” she said. “If people want to do that, that’s fine. But please, not in a neighborhood.”

Levine said Mead Hall and the activities that happen inside are not visible from the street.

He acknowledged the gatherings were causing parking problems, but said neighbors should not be concerned the parties are attracting bad elements.

“Doctors and lawyers and accountants and school teachers are coming into the area,” he said. “The people who check you out in the supermarket and a lot of people in the West Linn area and the Oregon City area are coming into your community.”

It is unclear if Levine would be granted an adult business license.

His property “is zoned for residential uses and only very minor, ancillary commercial uses,” the city’s Community Development Director Chris Kerr wrote in an email, “and only in conjunction with a home occupation permit.”

Levine said he has stopped hosting parties while he works with a lawyer to come into compliance with city code.

He said he wants to make it clear to the city he is not operating a business out of his home.

“What we’ll probably end up doing is tell people sure you can use it, no don’t give us any money, we’ll take care of water paper plates and hot water bills and whatever,” he said.

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