GLENN Millhouse was standing on the banks of the North Esk when he apparently had a "vision" for the Hub: a 1930s themed gentlemen's club in the vein of German cabaret and Moulin Rouge.
But that vision for the Tamar Street venue is not shared by everyone, including Launceston mayor Albert van Zetten.
Alderman van Zetten said he could not see what a strip club would add to the city.
"I don't think it's something we need and I'm not sure what good could come out of it," he said.
"It's been tried before and it hasn't been successful."
Alderman van Zetten said if it complied with planning regulations there was probably nothing he could do to stop it going ahead.
Mr Millhouse, who plans to open Thursdays to Saturdays until 2am, said he didn't want Playgirls Burlesque to be sleazy.
"That's not my style," he said.
"But ultimately it will be up to the people and what they want."
A large strippers pole, a throwback from the Hub's days as a strip club, will be removed to make way for a large catwalk.
There will still be room for pole dancing of course, as well as "controlled touching", but in a more private setting, he said.
The catwalk, apart from hosting strutting interstate dancers, could be used for fashion parades and hairdressing expos, he said.
Mr Millhouse wants to be open by March and has begun decking out the Hub in red curtains and imitation period furniture.
"It's going to have chandeliers and mirror balls, good looking girls - it should be good," he said.
Mr Millhouse lists property development and car yard ownership as his previous occupations.
But the Hub wouldn't be his first foray into adult entertainment.
According to Mr Millhouse, he ran Hobart's first gay and lesbian club in the '70s, known as the Lunch Box.
His liquor licence application will be decided next week and Mr Millhouse may need planning approval from the Launceston City Council.