NEWTOWN TOWNSHIP >> After a 20-minute public hearing, the board of supervisors unanimously gave conditional use approval to La Maison, LLC to open a 2,900-square-foot medical office and upscale spa at 250-254 North Sycamore Street next to the Green Parrot restaurant.
The two storefronts, located at Goodnoe Corner, had been occupied by the now-shuttered Sweet Pea Creams & Confections and Marisa Boutique.
According to developer Mark Palladino of the Richboro-based Amazing Space, the by-appointment-only spa will offer “cold sculpting, botox, laser hair removal and other cosmetic services.”
A physician will be present at all times, as well as a number of board certified technicians.
Because the space is to be used as a medical office and spa, a D-2 conditional use approval was needed for the P/C [Planned Commercial) zoned location at Goodnoe Corner.
Hours of operation will be seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Under the agreement, there can be no more than three employees during each shift, with an overall maximum of eight workers.
In addition, no food can be sold, with only water and tea provided for customers.
The second floor can only be used for storage and no changes, except repairs, can be made to the buildings’ exterior because they’re in the township’s historic district.
According to Palladino, there will be several tables and chairs on the outside porch for the public to use.
“[The porch] will continue to be used as a reviewing stand for Newtown [Welcome] Day,” he said.
Also at the meeting, the supervisors approved a certificate of appropriateness for Nina’s Waffles & Ice Cream to have menu signs and vinyl curtains at its historic Toll House location in the Village at Newtown Shopping Center.
The township’s Historical Architectural Review Board (HARB) also had to approve the signs and curtains.
Nina's recently opened its newest waffle and ice cream eatery inside the historic structure, which has been renovated as part of a multi-million-dollar upgrade of the Village of Newtown East and West.
The supervisors also approved a dollar-a-year lease with the Newtown Artesian Water Co. so that the township can erect an eight-foot antenna on the company’s water tower in the municipal complex on Durham Road.
The antenna will be used for the township’s police and public works radios.
The board also approved spending part of the recently-acquired $94,000 Keystone Community Grant to purchase needed police and public works vehicles.
The township will buy two motorcycles for the police department from Brian’s Harley-Davidson in Langhorne for $30,958.00.
As part of the deal, two used police Harley-Davidsons will be traded in for $12,000.00
In addition, the supervisors approved spending $32,627.00 to buy a Ford F-250 pickup truck and another $21,382.57 to equip the vehicle with the necessary gear so that it can be used for truck enforcement in the area.
Newtown participates with neighboring municipalities and the state police in area truck safety enforcement.
And the board also authorized spending $9,900.00 for a fence to be installed at Field No. 1 at Helen Randle Park.
County Line Fencing Co. of Warrington was awarded the contract.