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Massena Village Planning Board approves new salon, auto repair expansion

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MASSENA - Those aiming for a new summer look or just a short trim will soon have another option for hair care in Massena after a plan received site plan approval this week from the village’s Planning Board.

Apollo Hair is coming to 68 East Orvis St. and will be operated by co-owners Joe Basilone and Megan LaBier, as well as manager Kala Shope.

The crew will continue to operate Apollo Unisex in the St. Lawrence Centre.

The new salon will be at the site of the old Hubie’s Liquor and Wine location.

“Where do (the customers) park?” planning board member Brian Schaefer asked.

“There is parking in the rear and there are five other parking (spaces) for customers and that would be out front right?” Chairman Frank Hutt said.

“Yes,” Ms. LaBier said.

“I just went down there too and there is all kinds of room to park,” Mr. Hutt said.

Mr. Basilone said that sufficient signage is already at the location.

The salon’s site plan was unanimously approved by the planning board.

The board also approved a site plan that will allow for the expansion of Baxter’s One Stop Automotive, also on East Orvis Street.

The shop is co-owned by Michael and Jessica Baxter.

“We are requesting site plan approval to expand our business to a second location at 347 East Orvis St. The approximate square footage of the building is 10,612 feet. This includes three commercial rental spaces, five rental units upstairs and garage space,” Mr. Hutt read from a letter. “Our plan is to use this as a second location for automotive repair. Our business name will stay the same and our hours of operation will be Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. We will have one to three employees working there.”

Mr. Baxter said the expansion is a necessity due to increased business.

“We keep getting busier and busier. ... We’ve been scrambling for parking. Right now we’ve got cars parking on the hill, we’ve got cars parking on the side, cars parking in the back and all the way behind (Blue Spruce Motel,)” he said. “I’d like to not be limited. This will just be used for overflow. The place we’re at now, that’s where people will come in and do the (registration.)”

The Baxters have been doing automobile repairs at their current location for over two years and in October received approval to begin selling used cars there.

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