Proposal for makeup school in Southlake Town Square gets approval from City Council

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Southlake City Council gave approval for the establishment of a school to train makeup artists in Southlake Town Square at its March 5 meeting. Council Members Randy Williamson and Christopher Archer were absent.

With one existing campus in Las Vegas, L Makeup Institute is proposing to open a 15,000-square-foot second campus above the Corner Bakery restaurant at 112 State St., Ste. 200, Southlake, according to the meeting agenda packet.

L Makeup Institute has accreditation from the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges and offers two six-month-long degree programs for makeup artistry and special makeup effects, according to the agenda packet.

Plans include space for offices, nine classrooms, lounge areas for students and teachers, a conference room, a photography room, a small store on the first floor and a student store that is not open to the public on the second floor, according to the agenda packet. Classes would run from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The nine classrooms, combined, will be able to hold up to a total of 116 students.

The institute would be closed for evenings, weekends, major holidays and for two weeks in the winter for Christmas and New Year, said Ken Baker, senior director of planning and development services for Southlake.

Southlake resident Michael Carter spoke at the meeting in opposition to the school because he said he is concerned about decreased available parking.

Institute staff and students would not park on State in front of retail stores and the Corner Bakery Cafe, Baker said.

Instead, they will be permitted to use existing spaces striped off in blue, which are currently used by various employees from different stores, Baker said. These can be found between Del Frisco’s Grille and the Corner Bakery Cafe and near The Container Store.

However, these spaces are not restricted to employees, and customers can also use them if needed, Baker said. There are also available parking in Town Square’s multilevel parking garages.

City Council voted 5-0 in favor of the proposal.

Kyle Waugh, co-owner and finance director for L Makeup Institute, said he anticipates the school will move to Town Square in the fall.

“[The move to Southlake] is as much of a business decision due to demographics, growth, employment opportunities as it is, for us personally, a lifestyle choice,” he said. “We’re planning on moving here and living here full-time as we enter the next chapter of our lives.”

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Renee Yan graduated May 2017 from the University of Texas in Arlington with a degree in journalism, joining Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in July.
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