Board of Zoning Appeals will hold a public hearing on a use variance for a
tattoo parlor, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 25, at the town hall.
The petitioner in
the case is MNB Development Corporation, owner of the strip mall at 1505
South Calumet Road, where Tiger Lily and Fire Flies are located. The tattoo
parlor in question would be operated by Chesterton resident and tattoo
artist Nick Bender, who has 15 years’ experience and is currently working at
Speak Easy Tattoo on North Ave. in Chicago.
The strip mall is
zoned B-3 and Bender’s parlor would be located in the space at the far west
The use variance is
required because the Zoning Ordinances’ use table does not include tattoo
parlor, and in fact--as several board members noted at the preliminary
hearing in June--has not been updated in years.
The board will also
hold two preliminary hearings on Thursday. The petitioner in both cases:
Prepared Services LLL, Pedro A. Azevedo and Ana M. Azevedo Living Trust,
which is requesting a use variance for a special events center at an
unspecified address; and a variance for increased building signage, also at
an unspecified address.