Hot Yoga Studio, Auto Parts Store in the Works for Cranberry
New businesses planned for Route 19 in Cranberry Township.
Get ready for a new place to practice your Downward-Facing Dog.
Local sisters Jamie Malinowski and Jessica Bajoras will open Prima Yoga, a hot yoga studio on Route 19 that once was home to the Elite Dance by Damian studio.
Elite Dance has since moved to a new location on Route 228.
Frances Bajoras, mother of the two women, was at the Cranberry Township Planning Advisory Commission meeting Monday to represent her daughters. But because the commission lacked a quorum, its members were unable to conduct business.
Ron Henshaw, Cranberry’s director of community development, said the commission should be able to move forward with the plans at the board’s next meeting.
Bajoras said her daughters have extensively remodeled the interior of the studio. They hope to open for business by April 1.
Auto Parts Store
Plans are in the works to convert the former Dunkin Donuts on Route 19 into an auto parts store.
The left side of the building has been empty since the doughnut store moved to its new location further north on Route 19 last year. It still houses the Gentle Touch Laundromat.
Kevin Woodman, vice president of development for Levey & Company Commercial Real Estate, informally introduced plans for the building to commission members Sharon Beck and Susan Rusnak.
He would not reveal the name of the auto parts store interested in the space.
Henshaw said Woodman has not applied for permits with the township. Until that happens, he said, Woodman does not have to reveal his client’s name.
Henshaw said the developers would demolish the current building and start anew. Because space on the lot is limited, Henshaw said, the developers would need many modifications and waivers before getting approval from the township to build.
Levey also would have to comply with the township’s streetscape ordinance, which requires extensive landscaping for new developments.
The drawings of the building Woodman showed to commission members Monday included a decorative retaining wall and a wrought-iron fence.
Henshaw said the township is working with the developers to guide them through the approval process.
“We’re excited to get a new use for the building,” he said. “It will freshen it up and it will be a safer environment all around. They’ll just need a little bit of help to make that happen.”