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Plan Commission Supports Extended Hours for JCC

The Plan Commission agreed to eight changes to the organization's development agreement and recommended the Village Board approve the JCC's request at its May 5 meeting.

Extended hours for the were approved Tuesday by the Plan Commission, leaving only the Village Board to bless the request.

The expanded hours would be as follows:

  • Open Monday through Friday at 5 a.m. rather than 6 a.m.
  • Open Saturday at 8 a.m. instead of noon.
  • Permit up to 30 events annually to run until 1 a.m., rather than the current closing time of 11 p.m.

The Milwaukee Jewish Federation asked the village to amend the JCC’s development agreement to allow the extended hours. Also part of the request supported by the Plan Commission on Tuesday:

  • Permission to host 20 special events per year, up from 12. JCC Executive Director Mark Shapiro said the group does not plan to hold more events than usual, rather the greater allowance of 20 will give them flexibility in planning events that could require street parking. With the current cap of 12 per year, it is difficult to plan in advance without knowing whether they will have reached their maximum number of allowable special events by that point. "This is not a request to do more," he said.
  • Allow snow-plowing between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. Under a separate ordinance change approved last month, non-municipal snow plows are not allowed to use backup alarms within 50 feet of a home during overnight hours.
  • Allow 150 people, instead of 40, for overnight "lock-in" events, such as teen events with BBYO.
  • Build two fences — for the back field around the retention pond, and for the front of the south building. The village's Architectural Review Commission approved the JCC's fence proposals at its April 5 meeting.

Center addressing concerns

Some neighboring residents on Devon Street and Bay Ridge Avenue have voiced concerns about increased night traffic, so Commissioner Mark Huber suggested an amendment to the petition requesting the JCC be flexible to re-route traffic to meet neighbors' concerns.

Huber said the JCC seems receptive to those changes, as they have worked to meet residents' concerns so far.

"I think the JCC has done a good job addressing the concerns of the residents that have been raised," Huber said.

, a lawyer representing a group of residents opposed to the changes said they violated the spirit of a moratorium condition that was part of the 2003 development agreement. The condition stated the JCC would not make any "substantial" new development for 25 years.

After the meeting James Madlom, representing the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, said the JCC held a series of neighborhood meetings in January when it first drafted the changes, and has since worked to accommodate neighbors' concerns.

He said the JCC remains willing to make changes to keep those neighbors happy.

"We want to maintain and build the good relationship on we have with village and neighbors," he said. "We’ve been flexible in order to reach an agreement that works for everyone."

What’s next

The Village Board will consider the amended development agreement May 5.

Aurelius April 18, 2012 at 12:39 PM
I can actually work out Saturday mornings--yes!
George Mitchell April 18, 2012 at 12:44 PM
JCC is a huge asset to WFB.
aaaaaa April 18, 2012 at 12:57 PM
back-up alarms on snow plows W/I FIFTY feet of a home - pace out 50 feet - it is not very far. The noise will be very intrusive.
Kelly A April 18, 2012 at 01:32 PM
This is excellent news!!!
Shorelander April 19, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Of course it's excellent news for everyone who wants to utilize the JCC more .. work out at 5am, have party events there until 1am instead of 11, etc. Terrible news for the neighbors, living in this residential area, I sympathize. Score another one for the well organized, well funded Goliath, able to triumph over the 25 year moratorium that they and the Village agreed to. Maybe the Village board will uphold the agreement from 8 years ago and stick up for the little guy. Nahhhh. It's far too popular to give the JCC whatever it wants, disregard those pesky neighbors.
LowKey April 20, 2012 at 02:09 AM
I live within 1 block of the JCC and I do not believe the extended hours will have any significant impact on the neighborhood. There is as much or more traffic around WFB schools and churches than the JCC and I don't hear complaints about that. P.S. I am not a JCC member.
JayDub April 20, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Many homes in the Bay are very close to businesses, clubhouses, churches, or schools. All of these are in residential neighborhoods, and none of them work harder to accommodate their neighbors than the JCC. None of these other organizations ever have public hearings, community mailings, professional surveys, traffic monitoring (at their expense), etc, etc when they go about their business. Other organizations need not bother to ask, simply because they seem to have some sort of unofficial "grandfathering in", relative to the JCC, even if they are newer than the the JCC campus itself (which was a bustling place long before your home was even built). If we surveyed the neighbors of the Women's Club as aggressively as the JCC has surveyed its neighbors, we would hear from an equal number of folks who would whine about late nights, or overflow street parking. This has nothing to do with your invented argument of having some sort of sanctity to your property because it is zoned residential. It is because if you go through the great effort to listen to everyone, you will end up hearing from even the fringe 5% (Like birthers, or holocaust deniers). Be thankful the JCC has even listened to your concerns. No other non-residential entity in the Bay would even bother to ask your two cents, much less modify their proposal, to try to please anything more than 51% of the public. The JCC is in that 95% range, but there is just no pleasing that last 5% of NIMBYs.

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