Front Street Salon will relocate during construction
March 9, 2009
By Warren Kagarise
Front Street Salon will relocate to another downtown storefront when its existing building is demolished. Plans call for a three-story structure to be built on the site occupied by the salon. When the new building opens, possibly by the end of the year, Front Street Salon will move into a street-level space.
City planners are weighing a proposal that could replace the Front Street Salon building with a 7,642-square-foot addition. In addition to new digs for Front Street Salon, Stan’s B-B-Q and other businesses at adjacent 58 Front St. N. could expand.
Owners Danielle Abker and Mark Ashbaugh, who have worked together for 13 years, bought Front Street Salon nine years ago.The building occupied by the salon was originally built on Sunset Way in the 1930s and transported to its Front Street location four decades later, Abker said.
Saying goodbye to the old building will be bittersweet, she said, though she imagines she’ll be pleased with the outcome. Details of the relocation are still being worked out.
“The interim will be stressful,” she added. The salon does a brisk business, she said.
City planners are seeking input regarding the proposal for 58 Front St. N. City Senior Planner Marion O’Brien said input will be considered until the city issues a decision on the proposal.
According to the proposal, the second floor of the new structure would contain office space and a residential unit would occupy the third floor. A new parking lot at 195 First Place N.W. has also been proposed.
O’Brien received two comments in the days leading up to the deadline. Both favored the project, she said.
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