[Update: Apparently Park Slopers really don't want a lice-removal business in their neighborhood, and have put up flyers protesting it. According to Fucked in Park Slope, rumors of the place coming to the neighborhood are just rumors for now, although apparently the owner is still looking.]
Park Slopers are known for getting uptight about changes to the neighborhood, but we can kind of understand the pain that residents of one Seventh Avenue rental building are feeling.
The storefront on the ground level of the building, which until recently housed a Sweet Melissa Patisserie, is rumored to be the future home of the awesomely named Lice Busters, a lice removal salon, as neighborhood blog Fucked in Park Slope reports. (You've got to respect the business for knowing its target market: it's across the street from a public school and in the city capital of doting parents with cash to burn.)
Ick factor aside, when your darling downstairs bakery is replaced by a high-end iteration of a pest removal company, does it actually affect property values? Not really, according to several brokers we spoke to.
That's good news for apartment owners, but tenants shouldn't expect a rent reduction. "I don't think you'd have a leg to stand on," says Jason Haber, a broker at Warburg Realty.
For one thing, the business doesn't appear to be introducing anything hazardous to the building. Their methods are natural, according to their website, notes Barbara Ann Rogers, a broker at William B. May, so there's no real worry about exposure to harmful chemicals or smells.