Permit requests for tattoo studios approved

Todd Godfrey plans to renovate the building at 924 N. Washington St. in Junction City to establish a tattoo studio there.

Special use permit requests for a new tattoo studio to be established — and for another to be relocated — in Junction City were approved by city commissioners this week.

Troy Livingston — the director of Junction City’s Planning and Zoning Department — presented a request for a special use permit during Tuesday’s commissioners meeting. He said Todd Godfrey requested the permit to establish a tattoo studio in a building at 924 N. Washington St.

“That building’s been vacant for quite some time, and he’s going to renovate it with the hopes of putting a tattoo parlor there,” Livingston said. “It would be nice to get that facility back up to standards, and get things rolling like they should; generate some tax revenue.”

Godfrey owns and operates Godfrey’s Indoor Shooting and Archery Range business, which is in the building adjacent to 924 N. Washington St. The tattoo studio will be co-owned by Godfrey and Rick Moreno, a tattoo artist who has left Junction City Tattoo.

The building at 924 N. Washington St. needs serious repairs after being vacant for many years. Renovations there are estimated to cost $40,000, and include new studio equipment for the business.

The city’s Metropolitan Planning Commission held a public hearing to review the request for the special use permit on Oct. 11, and recommended its approval.

“Everything is as it should be,” Livingston said. “I see no issue with it. The planning commission saw no issue with it. They were behind it 100 percent.”

Livingston also presented a special use permit request to relocate a tattoo studio from Drew DeLaFuente, as the building he currently operates his business in will be renovated.

“The owners of that building are going to do some renovations,” Livingston said. “They’re going to install an elevator to allow access to the upper floor, and it’s going to consume his shop. So, he needs to relocate; he needs a new special use permit.”

The owners of a building on West Seventh Street — where DeLaFuente currently operates his business — will install an elevator to allow public access to the building’s second floor in a move that will allow the owner to meet Americans with Disabilities Act requirements. The pit required to house part of the elevator equipment will take up about half of DeLaFuente’s current commercial space. DeLaFuente needs a special use permit to relocate his business to a building at 703 N. Washington St.

Commissioners approved both special use permit requests.

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