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Massage parlor gets go-ahead.

The Garden City law firm of Brown & Altman LLP has paved the way for a national massage therapy chain to operate this facility in the town of North Hempstead.

David Altman, a Brown & Altman partner, succeeded in getting the town to amend its zoning code to exclude state-licensed massage therapists from the town's adult entertainment zoning ban.

Brown & Altman represented the Massage Envy Spa, the nation's first nationally franchised therapeutic massage comply, to open a clinic in the town:

Massage Envy is seeking to open a facility in Port Washington, but was turned down by the Town Building Department, because it was not a permitted use.

Massage Envy has been encountering similar difficulties as it attempts to open clinics across the country,

Massage Envy currently operates facilities in Commack, Oceanside, Plainview with clinics planned for Farmingdale, Merrick, Port Washington and Rocky Point.

The category of "licensed massage therapist" did not exist as a permitted exclusing when the town adopted a law banning massage parlors,

The law was adopted by a unanimous vote of the North Hempstead Town Board following an Oct. 21 hearing.

The new law states that any massage therapist must be licensed and certified by the state in order to operate in the Town of North Hempstead.

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Publication:Real Estate Weekly
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Date:Jan 28, 2009
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