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Home-based massage business gets OK from Guilderland zoning boad

The board said that Brown and Vigneri must schedule at least one-half hour in between appointments, and clients cannot park on Birchwood Drive, in order to keep the traffic impact to a minimum.

The massage team was also told they are not permitted, by law, to use more than 25 percent of their residence for the business. They are using an estimated 8 percent.

"The town Planning Board had no objections [either]," Barber added.

Brown said the process to get approval was grueling, and she understands why some people do not go through with it.

She said, though, that the Zoning Board took a lot of time and made an educated decision based on the information, and was pleased with its effort.

"It's really a wonderful example. [People] don't have to fear the government and they don't have to fear the mob," Brown said, alluding to the dissenters at the July 2 meeting. "The first time it felt like a mob."

She said she was impressed with the board for gathering so much information and for conducting such a thorough review.

Brown and Vigneri plan on formally moving their business into the Birchwood residence on Saturday, Aug. 23.""

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