The city plans to spend $186,000 to move a downtown hair salon across the street from its current location, a city-owned building that will be torn down for a parking garage.
The Board of Estimates approved the relocation deal for Monica's Spa Salon yesterday after City Council President Sheila Dixon raised concerns about the cost.
"It just seems like a lot of money," she said.
However, Dixon and the rest of the board approved the deal after an official with the Baltimore Development Corp. explained that moving a salon is more complicated than packing up an office.
Substantial plumbing and electrical work will have to be done to install about 10 sinks and a tanning bed, said Andrew B. Frank, executive vice president of the BDC, the city's economic development arm.
"When I started getting quotes from general contractors, the city was shocked and so was I," said Monica Carney, owner of the salon.
The city might not build the garage for five years, Frank said.