As residents from the area around South and Rosemary streets filed into the conference room at Curtis Hall tonight, they were a bit tense: They'd gotten vague notices summoning them to a meeting about a "proposed project" at 162 South St., and these days, along that stretch of South Street, that can only mean one thing: More condos.
You could almost feel the tension leave the room as they learned that, nobody was proposing to tear down the one-story commercial building there and replace it with condos. Instead, a Brighton family wants to turn the shuttered JP Variety Store at the corner of South and Rosemary into a "float therapy" spa, where patrons can float in a tank of 10 inches of warm water filled with 1,000 pounds of epsom salts for 90 minutes - or get some time in an infrared sauna or some "pulsed electro-magnetic field therapy."
The proposed Cloud9 Float Therapy, which will serve up to 5 or 6 clients at a time, will take roughly two months to build out and needs approval from the Zoning Board of Appeals.
"I'm in support as long as it's not condos," one resident said.