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Council approves tattoo expansion, took owner 6 months for approval

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LANCASTER - After six months waiting for approval, a tattoo parlor located near Pleasant Run Road and Dallas Avenue is allowed to expand their business.

"Me and my husband started this business with a couple thousand dollars, God’s been willing and great, "said Owner Violeta Delgado.

"I have been paying double rent since October and now I am getting stressed over money since I have been trying to expand since October."

During the public hearing all four people who spoke were supportive and in favor of the expansion.

"By you [council] not allowing us to expand, you are denying business not only to us but to other businesses," said Ariel Bernal. "When people come in for a tattoo, while they are waiting they will go eat or get gas in town."

The tattoo shop was first brought to the planning and zoning committee on Tuesday, Jan. 4 with a 2-2 vote requiring a super majority vote by council to pass.

On Monday, Jan. 24, the council failed to pass the ordinance with a 4-2 vote.

Councilmen James Daniels and Clyde Hairston opposed.

After a second application and review, P&Z approved with a 4-0 vote.

Tattoo Artist William Snowden said they only have 800 square foot to work in now and they are wanting to triple their business size.

"We have been trying to expand since January."

Councilman Marco Mejia made a motion for the council to approve the business with any stipulations to be removed for future business expansion.

The council approved unanimously. Council members Clyde Hairston and Nina Morris were not present.

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