GOSHEN — A woman who lives just south of Elkhart’s city limits wants to breathe new life into a vacant home in her neighborhood by opening it as a beauty shop.
Ana Heredia plans to buy an empty house at 2404 S. Sixth St. from an investor who originally bought the home in one of Elkhart County’s property tax sales. The sales offers for auction properties that are abandoned after the owners default on their taxes.
“This house is just getting worse and worse and worse, and I want to do something about it,” said Heredia, who lives on Carlton Avenue to the east of the Sixth Street home. “I think it would be good for the community.”
The Elkhart County Board of Zoning Appeals granted Heredia a special use permit for her business Thursday, Dec. 19, at its monthly meeting in Goshen.
South Bend attorney Frank Agostino, representing property owner Abraham Miller, told the board that his client bought the foreclosed home with the intention of fixing it up and reselling it. The windows have been repaired and weeds have been trimmed in front of the house, Agostino added.
After they buy the house from Miller, Heredia and her husband plan to have the garage on the property demolished, and the inside of the home will be transformed into a beauty shop that offers haircuts, washes and manicures. Heredia expects to have seven to 10 clients per day from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, according to her permit application.