By David Jenkins
A new business offering massages and facials in a spa setting will be making its way to Murphy in the future.
The city council voted unanimously to amend an ordinance to allow for a professional service limited to massages and facials, but excluding nail services during the Feb. 2 meeting.
Offering those services would be Hand & Stone. The business would be located on the eastern side of Walmart along North Murphy Rd. in a set of omni buildings. The spa will take up 3,300 square feet of a 7,000 square foot building.
An omni style building, also known as a strip center, can be found up and down FM 544. A good example of this is the Murphy Market Place.
Other tenants planned to occupy the buildings are Pie 5 Pizza, Jersey Mike’s Subs and Glazer Dental.
Deputy Mayor pro tem Owais Siddiqui had a different vision for that location.
“I’ve always envisioned two sit down restaurants going in that open space, because that is one of the few pad spots that we have left that could work,” he said. “It is interesting that it’s coming back in the form of an omni building.”
The developer has plans to build both buildings at the same time.
The continuity and appearance of the future buildings on the east side of Walmart and across North Murphy Rd. in the Murphy Market Place concerned Mayor pro tem Scott Bradley.
“Because that is on both sides of the road I want some consistency,” Bradley said. “We held Walmart to a fairly high standard in regards to the masonry and look of the building.”
The councilman added that Walmart has a branded look and when building, the city held them to a higher standard within their brand. Bradley’s concern is that there are omni buildings with no brand.
“I don’t want them keying off of Walmart, I would rather have them keying off the current buildings across the street in height, stone, brick and services if we can do that,” Bradley said.
City Manager James Fisher responded saying that it’s really going to look out of whack if you have the same design as the building across the street.
The council will get a closer look at the site plan, building elevations and landscaping plan during the coming March 15 meeting.
At that time council would be able to make any changes to the proposed plans.
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