Carnegie massage business clears hurdle
Carnegie council Monday voted 5-1 to grant the conditional-use application of Qun Shen, who is seeking to open a massage therapy business on Main Street.
Council President Pat Catena voted against the motion.
“I did not feel comfortable with the answers that were given to questions asked during the conditional-use hearing,” he said.
The section of the borough is considered a commercial area under borough zoning code. The permit was denied because a massage parlor is considered a personal service, which is a conditional use in commercial zones. Shen appealed the denial in April, and public hearings to address council and public questions and concerns were heard in June and July.
Shen must comply with conditions set by council and the borough solicitor, including maintaining an occupancy permit, obtaining approval of any outdoor business signage and operating only between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.
Shen will be required to reimburse the borough all engineer, solicitor and other professional fees and costs. She will also be responsible for any fees related to construction review and inspection, as well as all other costs related to the public hearings.
Shen said through her translator, Pittsburgh-based attorney Jesse Chen, that she understands and accepts the conditions. She will have 30 days to appeal the conditions.
Lucas said once she has paid the reimbursement and received the proper permits and inspections, she can begin operating.
Shen has said the parlor would offer Thai massages, which is historically based in Indian and Chinese traditions of medicine.
Shen previously owned a massage business in Turtle Creek. She sold the business in October 2012.
Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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