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Massage parlor special use permit denied by Village Board

by Josh Bootsma

LANSING, Ill. (October 18, 2018) – At Tuesday night’s Board meeting, Village Trustees voted unanimously to deny VIP Lansing Spa Inc. a special use permit to operate a massage parlor at 3674 Ridge Road. The decision was the final step in preventing owner Seung Oh from opening a massage parlor at this location.

On September 26, the Planning and Zoning Board had voted unanimously to recommend that the Village Board deny granting a special use permit to Oh, who in 2012 was forced to close a Spa in Warren, Ohio due to police concerns about prostitution.

At that meeting and in the weeks since, multiple Lansing residents have come forward to advise against the granting of a special use permit to VIP Lansing Spa Inc.

Lansing currently hosts the maximum number of massage parlors allowed by village ordinances, and any attempt to open another such business requires a special use permit from the Village Board.

VIP Lansing Spa Inc. is the second massage-related business to request a special use permit to operate at 3674 Ridge Road, a former chiropractic office. The first was Lily’s Hot Stone Massage in March. Lily’s Hot Stone Massage was denied a special use permit to operate in Lansing due to prostitution-related concerns and the fact that it was not a registered LLC in Illinois.

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Josh Bootsma
Josh Bootsma
Josh is Managing Editor at The Lansing Journal and believes in the power and purpose of community news. He covers any local topics—from village government to theatre, from business openings to migratory birds.