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Gloversville Planning Board approves massage therapy business

After a brief public hearing Tuesday night, the Gloversville Planning Board approved a “change of use” for 286 S. Kingsboro Ave., allowing applicant Erin Hallenbeck to create a massage therapy business called “Adirondack Therapeutic Touch” at the site of the former Renditions Hair Designs salon.

Planning Board Chairman Geoffrey Peck said there were no negative issues with Hallenbeck’s application.

“It was a couple of people in, a couple of people out, at a time, single-person hair salon, and now it’s turning into a single-person massage therapy office,” Peck said.

The property currently has a parking lot with 10 spaces in it. Planning Board members during their July 6 meeting had expressed concerns about preventing traffic from using the parking lot to cut through Hill Street to South Kingsboro Avenue, but it was noted that a split rail fence currently on the South Kingsboro side of the property is sufficient to address the board’s concerns.

The application also indicates Hallenbeck intends to install a “Knox Box” at the location, which is a safe that holds keys to the building for use by emergency services personnel, including for fire departments.

During the public hearing two people spoke: Rachel Young of 250 S. Kingsboro who told the board she was curious about the new business, but saw no problems with it and 2nd Ward Supervisor Frank Lauria who said he didn’t think the business would cause any significant uptick in traffic.

Hallenbeck said she has not yet closed on the sale of the property from the previous owner, but hopes to do so within a month. She said she is a 1998 graduate of Mayfield High School who received her certification in massage therapy from the Mildred Elley professional school in Albany in 2007.

“The purpose of this is to provide medical massage for people,” she said. “I also am a certified wellness coach, so that’s another service that I plan to offer out of there as well.”

Hallenbeck, 41, said she’s been providing professional massages for the last 14 years, but this will be the first time she will be the owner of her own brick and mortar business. She said for the last few years she’s been providing massage therapy in downtown Gloversville at 197 N Main St. as part of a business called “Serenity Now” with another massage therapist named Edith Boehme. She said it is likely Boehme will rent space from her at 286 S. Kingsboro Ave. once she opens her business there.

“Originally, I was going to build a building on my own property, because I want to get out of renting, but I hit a few roadblocks and the cost of building is so expensive right now, that I thought purchasing this building would be more cost effective and a better investment,” she said. “It’s the perfect size for what I need, and it’s a great location.”

Hallenbeck said she is also applying for a MicroEnterprise grant through the Fulton County Center for Regional Growth. She said if she is awarded the grant she plans to use it for advertising and marketing her new business.”

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