Crucible Tattoo in Kent given additional time to fix zoning issues

By Jeremy Nobile | Staff Writer Published:

A Kent tattoo parlor has been given a couple months more to be compliant with requirements of its property lest its site plan be revoked.

Kent Planning Commission reviewed issues at Crucible Tattoo, 707 S. Water St., Tuesday that included a lack of compliance to requirements approved with the acceptance of an initial site plan in January. Striping for the business' conditionally approved three parking spaces, which are fewer than required by the city's zoning code for the area abutting a residential neighborhood, were among the issues not addressed since January.

Meanwhile, South DePeyster Street resident Jennifer Mapes complained at Tuesday's meeting the business operates later than it's supposed to and that cars block the sidewalk on Water Street (S.R. 43).

Miller disputed those allegations. He said the business closes at 9 p.m., that cars parked there hours later must be someone else's and that he tries to keep anyone from blocking the sidewalk.

He noted a misunderstanding of the code and what was required of the property was why other conditions had not been complied with yet.

Planning Commission agreed to approve a few additional variances and to give the business two more months from Tuesday's meeting to be compliant.

Original conditions required Crucible Tattoo to have only one employee at any time, close by 9 p.m. and stripe three parking spaces.

Miller noted he has most customers park on Hall Street, which runs parallel to the business.

Per Miller's request, the commission approved increasing the maximum number of employees allowed to work there at any time from one to three -- Miller wanted six -- and permit the conversion of a roughly 500-square-foot storage area in the back of the business to a work space, contingent on health department approvals. Those motions passed 3-1 with Anthony Catalona absent and Peter Paino dissenting.

Miller wanted to operate until midnight, but the commission denied that request.

Miller said he needs the ability to have more artists and stay open later to keep up with demand and satisfy customers. He said he intends to appeal that decision and intends to open earlier in the day regardless.

Miller said he expects his business to be compliant in the two-month time period.

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