The Alton Plan Commission has voted against recommending a zoning change for a new tattoo parlor business along East Broadway near Henry Street. The commission yesterday voted 4 in favor and 6 against making a positive recommendation to the Alton City Council, which will take up the issue on May 13.
The business in question is Grand Piasa Body Art, owned by Chris Hinkle of East Alton. He is requesting the zoning change to allow moving his business from the Homer Adams Parkway to downtown Alton. Hinkle wants to buy two buildings at the corner of Broadway and Henry and move his business into space at the corner, and in space occupied by Batog Hardwood. Biker Brothers Leather would remain in its current location. Opponents who spoke said they were mostly concerned by the perception of allowing a tattoo parlor in that part of Alton. Supporters called tattoo parlors mainstream and a great way to attract new and younger people to see what Alton has to offer. The Alton City Council could still vote to support the zoning change, but rarely goes against a planning commission recommendation.