Plan Commission Discusses Martial Arts Studio, Mariano's Construction

The Frankfort Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals heard a request on Thursday from a resident hoping to open a new martial arts space in the village.

A new martial arts studio may be coming to Frankfort.

The Frankfort Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals heard a special use permit request from Jillian Turner at a meeting on Nov. 8. Turner would like to open a martial arts studio at 752 Center Rd.

Frankfort Martial Arts and Family Fitness would teach a wide range of skills, including karate, taekwondo, cardio kickboxing, boxing, yoga and self-defense, according to documents provided by the plan commission and zoning board.

“We’re just very happy to see a family-owned business, a local resident of Frankfort, make the commitment to Frankfort,” said Mike Stevens, who is the village board liaison for the plan commission and zoning board.

Turner is a Frankfort resident of more than 20 years, whose children are involved in martial arts. Documents state that her studio would serve students ranging from 3-year olds to adults. Students would learn concentration and life skills through martial arts and self-defense.

It was noted at the meeting that the address of the potential studio is near United Gymnastics Academy and could accommodate parents whose children participated in gymnastics.

The village board will review Turner’s permit request at a meeting on Nov. 19.

During Thursday’s meeting, Stevens provided an update on the construction of Mariano’s Fresh Market on La Grange Road.

“Things are going up,” said Stevens. “It’s amazing how fast it’s going.”

Although weather in the coming months will dictate the store’s open date, Mariano’s is on track to open in May 2013.

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