ELBURN—The village of Elburn last week dropped its charges of zoning violations against Asian Massage and Body Works, now that the business has added a tanning bed.
According to Elburn Building Inspector Tom Brennan, this brings the business into compliance with the village’s zoning requirements.
A bench trial had been set for Sept. 13, based on charges the village filed in July against proprietor Xioamei Feng-Castro and landlord a Redoaks, LLC, for operating an unpermitted business at that location.
Redoaks LLC did not show up for the hearing in August. At that time, the judge granted the village’s motion for a default judgment against the company, assessing it to pay court costs of $1,765 and $750 in fines, for a total of $2,625.
Based on Elburn zoning requirements, a stand-alone adult massage parlor is not allowed in that location. However, the zoning code did allow for adult massage to be offered as an ancillary service within a beauty salon, barber shop, tanning or nails salon.
According to Elburn’s attorney, Brian O’Conner, the judge explained this to Feng-Castro during the last court appearance in August.
The Asian Massage sign has been replaced with a sign that says Beauty Parlor, and according to Brennan, there are approximately six tanning beds at the location.
Brennan said he will check to make sure that the tanning beds are currently operational, which will put the business in compliance with the code.
In the meantime, although there are several signs that say open in the storefront at 151 E. Route 38, the door remains locked and there is no one at the reception desk. There is a tanning bed in the front, visible from the outside.
A phone call to the number listed resulted in a recorded greeting in Spanish.