The Municipal Planning Commission approved Bi's Relaxing Massage, but the Jan. 9 hearing didn't go smoothly.
Dirk Lingrel and Rongbi Duan plan to move their massage business from 5485 to 5949 N. High St.
The new site is the former Vet Clinic, a standalone building south of Rutherford-Corbin Funeral Home and north of the Residences of Worthington, an apartment complex for senior citizens.
Thirty-two neighbors signed a petition requesting that the city not permit the massage parlor to move in next to the apartments, stating the use is not compatible with the area and might establish a precedent. The business is open 12 hours a day.
In their letter to the city, the business owners stated they had no trouble or complaints at their current location.
"We are and have a respectable business, a business in relaxation massage," the letter from Lingrel and Duan stated.
The commission approved the conditional-use permit for a personal service in a C-3 zoning district by a vote of 6-1. Tom Reis dissented.
The Architectural Review Board also approved a 3-foot-high-by-4-foot-wide, double-sized board sign on 4-by 4-inch wood posts. White text identifying "Bi's Relaxing Massage" and a phone number will be on a green background. It was approved unanimously.