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Reverse Curves

Posted by Ralph Ranalli June 18, 2007 08:38 AM



The Curves for Women fitness chain is again trying to set up shop in Needham -- this time above the Starbucks at 902-910 Highland Avenue -- regrouping after an unsuccessful attempt to locate the fitness studio on Chestnut Street.

The Planning Board is expected to vote on Curves franchisee Owner Cathy Frost's application tomorrow. Planning Director Lee Newman said she expects the board to approve Frost’s application, though members will likely set parking limits and restrict the number of people who can use the facility throughout the day.

Frost’s original application to open on Chestnut Street failed two years ago after the Planning Board decided the fitness studio did not offer a one-on-one service – a zoning requirement for that district. She applied for a zoning change to allow fitness facilities in Town Center, and Town Meeting approved her request in May 2006. After finally receiving the Planning Board's approval to open on Chestnut Street, Frost scrapped the plan after running into building code problems.

-– Lauren K. Meade

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