CARLISLE — Fast Eddie’s Billiard Parlor & Saloon may be about to get a makeover.
Steve Capone and Chris Rice, who are under contract to purchase the property at 37 W. High St., will transform the bar with a checkered past into Warmsprings Salon and Spa. They were behind the award-winning redevelopment of 113-119 W. High St., the home of Miss Ruth’s Time Bomb and the former Seras Cleaners.
Warmsprings is a full-service hair, skin and nail care salon and spa. The spa uses organic products, which will be sold in an 800-square-foot retail space at the front of the store.
At its meeting Thursday, Carlisle Borough Council approved a $24,000 commercial façade grant to assist with changes to the exterior of the building. The borough also approved a $35,000 shopsteading loan for Eric and Jolinda Shands, the owners of the salon.
The loan comes from the borough’s Commercial Revitalization Shopsteading Loan program, which is funded by community development block grants. It offers the money at a 2 percent interest rate over 25 years.
The funds will be used to buy equipment, fixtures, furniture and signs.
The salon will use the entire 3,100-square-foot first floor.
The total cost of the project is estimated at $262,000.
Rebecca Yearick, downtown coordinator and communications manager for the Cumberland County Housing and Redevelopment Authority, said the Shands opened their first spa in Chambersburg in 2003 and have been “eyeing a Carlisle location” for some months.
A connection was made with Capone, an old college roommate, and a plan was hatched to transform “the first floor and the reputation of the building,” Yearick said.
In late 2011, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board granted the bar a conditional liquor license after initially denying it. Former Mayor Kirk Wilson said, at the time, that awarding the license would “create another opportunity for someone to get seriously hurt or killed.”
Wilson also said the bar was the scene of frequent fights and assaults, especially around closing time.
Council President Perry Heath called the plans for the development of the spa “welcome news.”
It is anticipated Warmsprings will hire 11 employees to open and employ up to 20 people within the first year of business. The Chambersburg location currently employs 35 people.