ANC 3B Seeks Neighborhood Input on New Massage Business in Glover Park

ANC3B has the option to comment on a Board of Zoning adjustment application from Massage Escape Spa which seeks to operate a therapeutic massage business on the 2nd and 3rd floors of 2352 Wisconsin Avenue (between Bourbon and Kavanagh’s).  This building is currently vacant.  The ground floor has been leased by a nail salon.  The zoning board will grant the adjustment if the business is “compatible with other uses in the area” and is not “objectionable because of its effect on the character of the neighborhood or because of noise, traffic, or other conditions.”

At the June ANC meeting, Cong Jie Chen, attorney for the landlord, explained that the owner of the business is trained in massage techniques, has worked for a massage business called Massage Envy, and operates a chair-accupressure business in Montgomery Mall. Mr. Chu is certified with the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and is licensed in DC, VA and MD. He has signed a five-year lease with the landlord and will employ 15 massage therapists who will be required to be licensed in DC, have a minimum of two years experience, and preferably be NCBTMB certified.  The plans call for eight massage rooms. The business seeks to attract both female and male patrons from the immediate neighborhood, but there are also two parking spots in the rear of the building. Business hours will be Mon-Fri 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sat/Sun 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

ANC3B will vote to support, oppose, or remain neutral on the Zoning Board Adjustment at its July 12 meeting.  If you wish to comment, please do so before July 12 at