New Spa and Relocated Restaurant on the Table

By Jann Wiswall

During its meeting on Aug. 12, the Ellicottville Village Planning Board scheduled public hearings to allow public comment on three special use permits.

The hearings, to be held at its Sept. 9 meeting, are for accessory buildings on the properties of two private residences (1 Adams St. and 39 Martha St.) and for a proposed new spa at 32 East Washington St. in the space next door to Betsy’s Consignment.

The new spa, tentatively named the Ellicottville Salt Cave, is the brainchild of masseuse Tracy Draper, who said she was introduced to the salt spa concept while living in North Carolina. Draper said she plans to offer massage and halotherapy, or salt therapy, which is said to help reduce inflammation of the respiratory system and enhance the immune system.

In other business, the planning board said it would consider a special use permit for 24 Monroe St. (the former location of Hoagie’s) after the Ellicottville Zoning Board of Appeals considers an application from Cadillac Jack’s restaurant to move from its current location near Holiday Valley. The owners would like to expand into the second floor; the ZBA will consider the proposed location of a stairway.

The board tabled review of plans from Ellicott Development for the proposed Armor Inn restaurant build-out behind the Kwik Fill/Red Apple Store in the Village Centre. The developer had not provided a parking plan with its application.

A resident who lives nearby attended the meeting to express her concerns about both parking and lighting at the new restaurant. The planning board assured her that she and any other concerned residents may be part of the process by attending planning board meetings and the public hearing, when scheduled.

The next meeting of the planning board, and the three public hearings, will be held on Tuesday, September 9 at 5:30 p.m. in the Village/Town Hall.