By Charles Sercombe
The Hamtramck Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a special meeting on Monday, Aug. 2, at 6 p.m., to reconsider a request from a Florian St. spa owner to continue operating.
Recently, three members of the ZBA, Malek Hussein, Naser Hussain and Adam Alharbi, denied the zoning variance request, which were enough votes to reject the request by spa owner Tiara Boyd.
The city’s zoning ordinance prohibits spas from operating in residential areas. The spa is located in a former market that has long been out of business.
That denial led to a backlash from some in the community over what was perceived as racially coded words made by some members of the public who opposed the request. Critics also said those objecting to the variance are sexist.
Boyd is an African-American.
The call for the special meeting was made by ZBA member Hussein. The meeting can be viewed via zoom. To find out how to participate in the meeting, go to Hamtramck.us, or call Mara Braciszewski at (313) 800-5233 ext. 316.
Or, if you simply want to watch the meeting without commenting, you can see it on the city’s Facebook page.
Posted Aug. 1, 2021