Mas­sage clinic to open at The Heights

Coun­cil ap­proves pro­posed es­tab­lish­ment of new med­i­cal busi­ness

The Casket - - Page Two - SAM MAC­DON­ALD sam­mac­don­ald@the­cas­ket.ca

Most of the specifics were in place, for plans to es­tab­lish a new mas­sage prac­tice in Antigo­nish, when the mem­bers of Antigo­nish Town Coun­cil gath­ered at noon, Oct. 23, for a spe­cial meeting.

The en­su­ing vote was a quick mat­ter, with coun­cil promptly and unan­i­mously show­ing unan­i­mous sup­port for a de­vel­op­ment pro­posal for the prac­tice. The new prac­tice will be lo­cated in the base­ment of a res­i­den­tial prop­erty at 62 The Heights un­til the owner can find a more suit­able lo­ca­tion in down­town Antigo­nish.

In­for­ma­tion re­leased by the Town of Antigo­nish states, "the tenant plans to op­er­ate their busi­ness from that lo­ca­tion for up to 24 months un­til an ap­pro­pri­ate com­mer­cial space in down­town be­comes avail­able. Dur­ing the op­er­a­tion of the prac­tice from 62 The Heights, there will be no in­crease in the ca­pac­ity of the busi­ness and only one per­son may be hired for ad­min­is­tra­tive as­sis­tance."

After the agree­ment went through first read­ing at coun­cil’s reg­u­lar monthly meeting, Oct. 15, Antigo­nish Mayor Lau­rie Boucher said, "we want to stress that this is a tem­po­rary sit­u­a­tion, and the prac­ti­tioner wants to be on Main Street. There’s noth­ing ad­e­quately avail­able right now."

Coun­cil ap­proved a sec­ond read­ing and unan­i­mously voted in favour of the pro­posal. Coun­cil pre­vi­ously re­viewed the pro­posal at their Oct. 15 meeting, and drafted up a se­ries of rec­om­men­da­tions prior to the Oct. 23 meeting.

Plan­ning staff, at the pre­vi­ous meeting rec­om­mended that coun­cil en­ter into the agree­ment with the own­ers of the prop­erty at The Heights.

Coun­cil’s rec­om­men­da­tions in­clude three main stip­u­la­tions

• Hours of op­er­a­tion are lim­ited to the hours be­tween 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

• Two clearly marked park­ing spa­ces are al­lowed for the prac­tice.

• Any sounds, mu­sic or scents orig­i­nat­ing from the prac­tice that could bother neigh­bours are for­bid­den.

The orig­i­nal de­vel­op­ment per­mit re­quest was is­sued in mid-au­gust, filed by the own­ers of the prop­erty at The Heights.

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