The application to build a massage parlor at 428 Pennsylvania Ave., Fort Washington, was withdrawn from Whitemarsh Township this week by the applicant's attorney.
In an e-mail to Director of Planning and Zoning Charles Guttenplan, attorney Stephen A. Shelly wrote:
"On behalf of Mi Kyong Park, I withdraw the application and amended application previously filed for the property at 428 Pennsylvania Avenue, Fort Washington, PA. I request that the hearing on this matter scheduled for March 7, 2012 before the Zoning Hearing Board be canceled and removed from the list of hearings."
The withdraw comes as a victory for Fort Washington residents on both sides of the municipal border with Upper Dublin after they raised concerns about the proposed business. A previous Patch article detailed links between the applicant, Mi Kyong Park, and Day Cation Spa, a massage parlor with an unsavory reputation in Emmaus, Pa. Sources later confirmed Park as the owner of Day Cation.
In addition, the Whitemarsh Township Board of Supervisors voted to oppose the application last week, according to the Ambler Gazette.
“There were some issues and concerns about the nature of some of the business there," the paper quoted chairman Bob Hart as saying. "With some of what I’ve read and looked into this application, I, personally, am not very comfortable being supportive of this type of thing to the zoning hearing board or even being neutral.'