A longtime hair stylist who has owned businesses in Columbus and Reynoldsburg plans to open a new salon on Hill Road.

A longtime hair stylist who has owned businesses in Columbus and Reynoldsburg plans to open a new salon on Hill Road.

Eva Langston received approvals from Pickerington City Council last week for a rezoning and a final development plan.

Langston, who has cut hair professionally for more than 20 years, hopes to open a 1,352-square-foot hair salon at 101 Hill Road North as soon as next spring.

"This is going to be a loft-style salon," she said. "Starting out, it's just going to be me doing hair."

Her plans call for converting a home at 101 Hill Road North into a salon. A 680-square-foot addition to the property will be constructed, as will a 14-space parking lot at the rear of the business.

A rezoning was required because of a mix-up on the city's land-use map. According to Councilman Brian Wisniewski, Langston purchased the property with the understanding it was zoned for commercial use, only to later find it was restricted to residential use.

Two neighboring residents opposed the plans at an Oct. 6 rezoning hearing, contending it would create traffic dangers for area residents. No one appeared to speak in opposition or support of the plans when council voted 6-1 Oct. 20 to approve them. However, Councilman Keith Smith cited neighbor concerns in voting against the proposal.

"I think the neighboring property owners raised valid concerns that we've not had time to properly address," he said.

Larry Folk, an architect for Langston, has said there will be landscaping to buffer the business from nearby properties. He also has said the planned addition was shifted to a side of the property to create more room for vehicles to enter and exit the business.

Langston completed cosmetology schooling in Ohio before working approximately seven years at a Kenneth's Hair Salon in Columbus.

In 1992, Langston opened her own salon on state Route 161 in Columbus. Currently, she owns Shear Perfection Hair Design, which she has operated for the past nine years out of leased space at 6571 E. Livingston Ave. in Reynoldsburg.

She said she sought to relocate to Pickerington in hopes of becoming a property owner, and she could lease four rooms within the Hill Road site to independent stylists.

"I'm just looking forward to having my own space instead of always having to lease space," she said. "I want to own my own property so I can have more control over the property.

"I can keep it really nice inside and outside. We'll be a positive addition to the community."

In addition to "up-to-date" styling, Langston said she specializes in hair coloring, highlighting and foil weaving. Her salon also will offer professional salon retail products.

"I have my own clients from a lot of different areas," she said. "My service to my clients is very personalized, and I do everything myself."

If all goes well, Langston said, construction of the salon's addition will begin before winter. She also hopes to buy a home in Pickerington if the business is successful, she said.

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