More review for second new tattoo shop in Elgin
By Janelle Walker For Sun-Times Media September 13, 2013 1:52PM
Updated: October 16, 2013 6:42AM
ELGIN — One of two new tattoo shops set for downtown Elgin got the nod of approval for its conditional permit.
A second proposed shop, however, saw its request for the same permit tabled for a month, to allow the Elgin City Council and city staff to look at the location a little more closely.
At the Aug. 28 council meeting, the council affirmed the Planning & Zoning Commission’s vote and granted conditional use approval to the owners of Funky Monkey, 73 S. Grove Ave., by an 8-1 vote and to Big Heads Tattoos LLC, 210 DuPage St., by a 5-4 margin.
Wednesday’s ordinance approval vote was to be the final step in the process.
However, while Funky Monkey was approved, again on an 8-1 vote with Councilman John Prigge the lone no vote, Big Heads will receive further scrutiny.
Councilwoman Anna Moeller suggested the conditional use permit be tabled for a month, as one council member will not be in attendance at the Sept. 25 council meeting.
She has heard many comments from neighbors about the location, Moeller said.
“I still support the business petition going in … but I do recognize there are some concerns with the property and the property owner. In deference to the neighbors, we need to get that resolved,” Moeller said.
According to information from the city, Marco Muniz of Streamwood intends to open the tattoo and piercing business on the first floor of a rented space on DuPage Street and have a private graphics studio on the second floor for creating tattoo and airbrushed art.
That artist, Ken Simonsen, told the council Wednesday about his experience with airbrush art and years running his own business in Elgin, too.
Big Heads is to be run by Muniz and Mario Milazzo.