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Business adds massage therapy to its services

Council also gives positive recommendation to split lot

Published: Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 10:47 p.m. CDT

MORRIS – A local nail and spa business is looking to expand its business by offering massage therapy services.

Angelina’s Nail & Spa requested a conditional permitted use permit to add massage therapy to its services at the nail salon. The CPU recommendation was approved unanimously during the Planning Commission’s regular meeting Thursday. A public hearing on the subject was before the vote where no one from the public spoke.

The business is inside the Four Season Plaza at 1465 N. Division St. in Morris. To accommodate the new service, the business has expanded into the storefront next door to its current location in the plaza, said Katie Reed, employee of the salon, to the commission. The owner, Rosa Liz Nguyen was also present.

“It’s all one [store]. All the remodeling is pretty much done,” Reed said.

The commission approved the request with some restrictions, which included any therapists hired having to bring their state license to the city for its records, and if that employee leaves Angelina’s, the city wants to be notified, as well.

On Thursday, Nguyen gave the city licenses for two therapists. The CPU will allow for massage therapy only during the same hours of operation as the nail services, which is currently 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“It’s a very nice, clean place,” said Commissioner Joann Gretencord. “It is fixed up beautifully and all ready to set up massage.”

The commission’s recommendation will go the Morris City Council on Jan. 6. If the council approves the CPU, Angelina’s can begin offering massage therapy 10 days later. Reed said after the meeting the business planned to do so as soon as the city allows them to.

In other business, the request for a lot split also was given a positive recommendation to the council.

Darla Roe, owner of 1004 Fremont Ave., at the corners of Fremont, Shabbona and Hoge Streets, asked to have her existing 14,800 square-foot lot split in to two single-family lots of 7,400 square-feet each.

Bill Roe was present at the meeting for the request. The lot currently has one home on it. Roe told the commission they would like to split the lot in two and eventually build another home on the property.

The whole lot is in Residential-2 zoning, and the two separated lots would continue to be R-2, Bill Cheshareck, building and zoning officer, said. One lot would have the existing house and the second would be vacant for now. After the setback requirements for the lot, the second lot would have about 2,600 square-feet of buildable area.

Cheshareck said the space would fit a ranch-style home or a larger home if they built a second story.

The current home’s setbacks do not meet the zoning requirements because the home was constructed before there were zoning regulations, he said. But the second home will meet the requirements.

The recommendation requires the future new construction to have its driveway off of Hoge Street.

Commissioner Dennis Hackett thanked Roe for the remodeling work he has done on the existing home saying it improved the area. Roe said the house is still a work in progress.

This recommendation also will go before the city council Jan. 6 for final approval.

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