Balance Chestnut Hill’s zoning hearing re-scheduled for April 4

The owners of the Willow Grove Avenue property where Balance Chestnut Hill hopes to move will wait until next month to seek city zoning approval, as they also await a final green-light from the Chestnut Hill Community Association.

A scheduled Zoning Board Adjustment hearing today was continued, and the variance application will now come before that board on April 4, said Andrew Eisenstein, owner of the property at 12 W. Willow Grove Ave.

By then, Eisenstein said he hopes to have the CHCA’s formal approval, and will appear before that group’s Development Review Committee on March 20, and from its Board of Directors March 22. It’s already garnered support from two other CHCA subcommittees, despite a potential objection from one neighbor, who pledged to attend the zoning hearing to voice concerns and may be circulating a petition against plan.

The plan, which would move the fitness studio and personal gym from 5 E. Highland Ave. to 12 W. Willow Grove. Ave — a building most recently known as the home of the ill-fated Good Food Market — has so far raised no concerns or objections from the CHCA.

Eisenstein is seeking a use variance on the property, which is zoned C1 commercial, to permit operation of the fitness facility on the site.

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