Jamestown will not see a new beauty salon on Forest Avenue, but city residents will be finding one on Howard Avenue in the near future.
The Zoning Board of Appeals heard petitions on Wednesday for two different beauty salons.
Joni Blackman, Fenton Historical Society executive director, filed an appeal to allow a three-chair beauty salon to be put in at 73 Forest Ave., a property owned by the society.
Blackman explained that the historical society had been looking for a renter for the Forest Avenue property. She said that traffic in the area would be no different than it currently is.
"Are you a tax-exempt property?" asked John Sixbey, board member.
Upon learning that the property is not taxable, Sixbey voted against allowing the salon to open at 73 Forest Ave. Additionally, board member Patricia Calanni voted against the petition, while three other board members voted to approve allowing a salon at the location. One member abstained from voting.
Although the vote was 3-2 in favor of the salon opening, each petition requires four votes in order to pass, so it was defeated.
Additionally, Joan Toter, currently of 201 Forest Ave., petitioned the board to open a one-chair salon at a residence that she wishes to purchase at 156 Howard Ave.
Toter said there would be no signage placed outside her home, and that hours would be between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. three-and-a-half days a week. She would service one customer at a time, promising that there would be very little additional traffic created on Howard Avenue.
Several people spoke on behalf of Toter, including current clients, other in-home salon owners and the property's realtor. Others spoke against the salon opening, arguing that a business does not belong in a residential neighborhood.
The board voted unanimously to allow Toter to open an in-home salon.
They also heard from Joseph and Rosemary Carlson, of 15 Woodworth Ave., who wanted to add a porch to the front of their home. The Carlsons' petition was unanimously approved.
The next meeting of the Zoning Board of Appeals will take place Aug. 1 at 3:30 p.m. in the City Council chambers at City Hall.