SALISBURY TOWNSHIP ZONING HEARING BOARD
A health center proposed along East Emmaus Avenue has been approved by the Salisbury Township Zoning Hearing Board.
Zoners voted 5-0 at the Nov. 5 hearing to approve an appeal for a special exception for a "wellness facility" to be run by Gregory Reihman and his wife, Dr. Kristin C. Reihman, at 739 E. Emmaus Ave.
"I believe having this center in Salisbury would be a welcome addition," Gregory Reihman said.
Dr. Kristin Reihman, who works for Lehigh Valley Hospital Health Network, would be the primary employee. She did not attend the zoners' hearing. Three part-time employees are anticipated.
Offered would be acupuncture, massage therapy, tai-chi, yoga and holistic healing practices, as well as classes.
An exterior garden area is planned for outdoor seating.
"It's a really lovely piece of land," Reihman said at the hearing.
The appeal is for the conversion of an existing residence to a light business. The East Emmaus Avenue property, located between Dauphin and Potomac streets, is in the township's R-4 Medium Density Residential District.
"The major change to the property would be the construction of a parking lot to the west [of the house]," Reihman said.
The 56 foot by 72 foot parking lot will have 13 spaces, with each space 9 foot by 18 foot. A fence is to be erected between the parking lot and East Emmaus Avenue.
"That's something I'm concerned about the parking," Zoning Board Vice Chair Rodney Conn.
Ramps will be added at entrances to meet American With Disabilities Act requirements. The addition of a wall on the first floor is to be the main interior renovation of the single-family residence. There will be three examination rooms upstairs and one on the first floor.
The house, built in 1905, "is suitable for this type of conversion," Reihman told zoners.
Hours of operation are expected to be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday with possible evening programs.
The facility is only expected to generate traffic of 45 cars daily on East Emmaus Avenue, which, according to Reihman, has 12,000 to 13,000 vehicles daily, or 16 vehicles, per minute.
The yet unamed facility is expected to open in six months to one year.
One township resident, Deanna Seagreaves, attended the hearing and asked several questions, but did not object to the appeal.
Atty. Kimberly A. Spotts-Kimmel of Gross McGinley, LLP, was the solicitor for the township zoning hearing.