Planners OK, Recommend Salon On East High Street
SANATOGA PA – A proposal to convert a former doctor’s office at the corner of East High Street and Heritage Drive on Pottstown’s east side into a beauty salon was recommended for approval Monday (Sept. 19, 2011) by the Lower Pottsgrove (PA) Planning Commission to its township Zoning Hearing Board.
Gilbertsville resident Tracy Heebner, who has operated Salon 22 at 190 Moser Rd., Pottstown PA, since June 2004 is looking to expand her operation, and hopes to relocate into the home once used as offices by Dr. Charles Vickerman at 2135 E. High St., Sanatoga. Vickerman closed his practice there in Spring 2010, and the building has been unoccupied since.
Heebner, who is the salon’s owner and lead stylist, said she can use the building’s added space. She works with a staff of six stylists, a massage therapist, a skin therapist, and several support personnel. She intends to make only interior improvements to the building, and add parking at the rear of the property, she told planning commissioners.
Traffic flow into the property also will be changed slightly, she explained. A driveway on its east side, which previously was used as both an entrance and exit, in the future would serve as a one-way entrance only. Patrons would exit to Heritage Drive through an alley at the rear. Landscaping features will be added, and a storm water retention facility installed.
“I don’t have any problems with what I see,” board Chairman Frank Cebular said. His colleagues agreed, and decided unanimously to recommend Heebner’s plans for zoning board approval.
Heebner petitioned the zoning board for permission to forego the need of a Historic Building Impact Study, because there are no changes proposed for the building exterior; allow 14 new parking spaces in the rear yard; and operate the salon as a special exception use within the districts. The zoners’ hearing was scheduled for Tuesday (Sept. 20).
Photo from Salon 22