Northwest News

NWCA gives nod to two variance applications


A Bethel Road business was given the green light by Northwest Civic Association trustees at last week's monthly meeting to relocate to greener pastures further down the road.

Also NWCA representatives, meeting for the first time since June 4, recommended approval of a parking variance sought for a business condominium on Nicholas Drive.

The civic association's trustees traditionally don't meet in July.

Amy Kuhn, representing the owner of Dominic and Co. Inclusive Salon and Day Spa at 825 Bethel Road, appeared before the board seeking to have zero setback for a parking lot to pave the way for relocating the 30-year-old business into 3,000 square feet of space in a building at 1545 Bethel Road.

The attorney said the rest of the building would remain office space.

Dominic and Co., according to the salon's website, offers haircuts for men and women, coloring, scalp treatment, hair extensions, manicures and pedicures, massages, facials, electrolysis and waxing.

The owner wants to stay in the area, Kuhn said, adding the new location, although the parking lot is in need of repairs, is only a mile and a half away from the existing shop.

She informed trustees her client is making a $200,000 to $250,000 investment in making the move.

The vote to support the variance request was 6-0, with Chairman John Ehlers abstaining, as he traditionally does unless called upon the break a tie.

Normally, parking variances are for fewer than the number of spaces required by code, the representative for the request at 6461 Nicholas Drive said in his opening remarks to the trustees.

However, Rick Sicker said, one of the tenants in the business condo -- Clinical Specialties Inc. based in the Cleveland area -- has grown so much in recent years that an additional 26 parking spaces are needed for employees and company-owned vehicles.

The added parking would cut back the required 50 feet of green space fronting Nicholas Drive to 32 feet, Sicker said.

When Rosemarie Lisko, chairwoman of the NWCA zoning and graphics committee, asked if the applicant would consider adding landscaping, Sicker replied city code already requires three shade trees be planted in the new parking area.

In making a motion to approve the variance, Lisko noted members of the city staff had recommended in favor of the request.

The vote was unanimous.