Archive for Wednesday, March 20, 2002

Salon owner requests rezoning for home business

March 20, 2002

Numerous residents attended the Basehor City Council meeting Monday in support of a owner who lost her business in a shopping center fire.

Pat Wilson owned and operated Pat's Shampoo and Beauty Hut in Basehor for almost 20 years before a fire Dec. 15 destroyed the shopping center where the salon was located.

Wilson has asked the city to rezone her house so she can set up her business there.

"I found somewhere I like and that was Pat's Shampoo Hut," Christa Cunningham said. "I think it would be a good idea if (the City Council) rezoned for Pat's business. It would be a good move and she deserves it."

Basehor resident Wilma James also supported Wilson.

"I really think it would be an asset to our community," James said. "I hope and pray she gets the rezoning."

At the time of the fire, Wilson had liability insurance only and the loss of business put a financial strain on her family.

A fund-raising campaign was organized and a benefit auction March 3 helped bring in more than $9,000 for Wilson.

Wilson said the efforts of the volunteers did not go unnoticed.

"I want to thank all the people and businesses that gave donations since the fire," Wilson said. "I appreciate everyone's help."

The funds will be used to rebuild her business, which she wants to locate in Basehor, she said.

Wilson currently works at the Klip Joint at 163rd Street and Parallel, but she wants to construct a beauty shop in a detached building on her property at 1933 153rd Terrace.

She said keeping the beauty shop in the city would be beneficial to her customers as well as her.

"They've all been inconvenienced by this to and they have waited three months for something to happen," Wilson said.

Wilson said she couldn't afford to return to the shopping center and working at home would allow her to be close to the two grandchildren she raises by herself.

To have the salon on her property, Wilson must gain approval to rezone from residential to commercial, city officials said.

City Council members considered the request for rezoning during their meeting March 18.

City officials said the salon would have to operate as a commercial property and not under the umbrella of a special-use permit because the business would have employees.

If the business was operated solely by Wilson, the salon could obtain a special-use permit, city officials said.

It was not the first time the request had been heard by city officials.

Earlier in the month, the Basehor Planning Commission failed to make a decision regarding the rezoning and recommended the issue be brought to the City Council.

Planning Commission members Ron Owen and John Matthews attended the City Council meeting and said they were opposed to the rezoning request.

If the rezoning from residential to commercial is approved, there are numerous other businesses that could go in that area if the property is sold, Matthews said.

The rezoning is also against the city's comprehensive plan, which calls for the area where Wilson lives to be residential and not commercial, Owen said.

Wilson supporters argued that other commercial businesses currently operate in that residential area.

City Council member Joe Odle agreed.

"It would be hard for me to vote against it," he said.

Other city officials said it's a tough decision to approve or deny the request.

"From a personal standpoint, we'd like to see it go through," Basehor mayor Bill Hooker said. "By the books, it can't."

"It's an emotional thing because you're dealing with someone who has been here for so long," Council member Chris Garcia said.

Council members unanimously denied the request for rezoning.

However, a motion was approved to have the Planning Commission explore changing the regulations concerning special-use permits to allow Wilson to have employees.

Although the request for rezoning was denied, Wilson said she was encouraged that the issue could be resolved through the Planning Commission.

"They denied it but they also gave me hope," she said.

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