2009-07-02 / News

Board approves special-use permit for new beauty salon

By Tyler Will

In a meeting that lasted about 10 minutes, the Jamestown Zoning Board unanimously approved a special-use permit and variance for a new beauty salon and barber shop at an office complex at 32 Pemberton Ave. The water and sewer board have also approved the building, according to zoning board member Richard Boren.

James Thompson, the business’ entrepreneur, will use 900 sq. ft. of the 2,400-sq. ft. property, which he purchased in 2004, for the salon. The salon will include two chairs for customers, along with accompanying stations, and the structure will also have two offices, without changing the existing building footprint, Thompson said in testimony before the board.

When the board inquired about adequate parking, Thompson said the proposal he submitted included nine spots, when there are actually ten. There are three spots in the front of the property and seven in the back. One of the three spots in the front is a handicapped-accessible spot, Thompson said.

Town Zoning Officer Fred Brown said the town formerly rented one of the offices at 32 Pemberton Ave., and neither the buildings nor the codes have changed.

“It is adequate for the proposed use,” Brown said.

The property has come before the zoning board three times, Brown said. Once in 2002, when it was offices, once in 2006, when the town rented offices for a recreation center, and the final visit last week, Brown said.

According to Brown, town ordinances require special-use permits for barber shops and hair salons.

The zoning board continued an appeal of a decision of the building official and a request for a variance by Janice Ryng-Dutton, who was not present at the meeting.

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