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  • Tattoo business gets OK to move

  • City Code changes made a month ago are allowing an Independence native to fulfill his dreams of owning a property for his business.



    The Planning Commission Tuesday night recommended approval of a special use permit to open a body art service business at 11007 E. 39th St., just north of East U.S. 40.

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  • City Code changes made a month ago are allowing an Independence native to fulfill his dreams of owning a property for his business.
    The Planning Commission Tuesday night recommended approval of a special use permit to open a body art service business at 11007 E. 39th St., just north of East U.S. 40.
    The applicant, Chris Melchert, currently operates Purgatory Tattoos in a rented space at 11032 E. U.S. 40, less than 1,000 feet from the East 39th Street property.
    The special use permit case now goes before the City Council for a vote and final approval. Melchert plans to purchase the East 39th Street property, now a vacant commercial building, and move his business.
    “If somebody doesn’t get it and refurbish it soon, they’re going to tear it down,” Melchert said of the commercial building he intends to purchase that has sat vacant for years.
    Purgatory Tattoos has provided tattoo and piercing services since 2000 and is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
    “I was raised in this city and want to continue to keep my tattoo business open in this city,” Melchert wrote in a letter to the City Council in mid-February. “My clientele, my employees and I deserve a better environment, one of which we can be proud.”
    In early February, the City Council approved a code revision affecting body art service – or, tattoo shops or parlors – businesses. Now, with special use permit approval, tattoo shops can locate less than 500 feet from any residential area, church, school or public park.
    Independence allows for 1 tattoo business for every 15,000 residents. Currently, the city has five tattoo businesses, while the maximum number allowed is seven.
    “I’m in favor of it,” commission member Jerry Kacheroski said. “After all, if he can refurbish a building that’s been sitting there empty for all those years, I think it’s a good idea.” 

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