A proposed tattoo and piercing studio in Poquoson was voted down last week, with five City Council members voting to deny a conditional use permit for the business.
One council member, Thomas J. Cannella II, voted against denial. Mayor Gene Hunt was not at the meeting.
The applicant hoped to open the business in the Wythe Creek Plaza Shopping Center on Wythe Creek Road. The business would be on a smaller strip that is closer to Victory Boulevard and separate from the main center.
There was almost no discussion from the council before the vote, except for clarification about why the business needed a use permit. No zoning in the city allows establishment of a tattoo parlor by right ó anyone wanting to open a tattoo shop would have to get a permit from the City Council.
During the council comment period at the end of the meeting, Cannella was the only one to bring up the vote and said he thought the application was a good opportunity to bring a new business to the city.
Vice Mayor Carey Freeman said after the meeting that he didnít think the tattoo and piercing studio was a good fit for the location. He noted that a dental office was expected to come to that strip and said he felt the studio was not right for the business environment.
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