Friday, December 23, 2011
On Tuesday, Plan Commission approved Stein's revised proposal, which costs about $18,000 less by replacing pavement with wood chips.
Updated 11 p.m. Friday: After the Plan Commission meeting, Stein's notified the village that the company is withdrawing its proposal and will site the business in another community, according to Village Manager Patrick DeGrave's weekly memo. Whitefish Bay trustees did not want to spend nearly $55,000 on a paved "events pad" in the parking lot behind Fitzgerald's Pharmacy, but now that the price tag has been cut to $37,000, Plan Commissioners are recommending the Village Board give the concept final approval. The concept of an "events pad" was created to allow a space for a seasonal Stein's Garden Center, Stein's Just Plants, and other vendors to use the space without taking up parking in the lot between Silver Spring Drive and Beaumont …
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
With the project expected to use nearly $55,000 in surplus TIF funds, the village would need at least four years of rent from Stein's to break even.
The Whitefish Bay Village Board unanimously agreed Monday evening to defer voting on the lease of the “events pad” to Stein’s Gardens and Gifts until after discussing the possibility of setting up Stein’s Just Plants garden center without a concrete base. The board approved construction on the median in the north Silver Spring parking lot near Beaumont Ave last month, then last week the Plan Commission advised the Village Board to move ahead move ahead with lease negotiations. The trustees did not move forward with the commission's recommendation Monday night after learning the construction, which was slated to be completed in April 2012, would cost nearly $55,000 – $20,000 more than originally anticipated. The funds would come from the …
Friday, November 18, 2011
Trustees will also consider two possible referendum items about the size of the Milwaukee County Board.
A public hearing will be held on next year's proposed village budget at the Village Board meeting Monday night. The nearly $14 million budget includes a levy increase of $262,193, a 2.56 percent over last year's levy. The tax rate would increase from $5.18 to $5.31, which would increase a $400,000 homeowner's tax bill by $52 to $2,124 this year. The budget does not include any borrowed money for major road or sewer projects, while using $775,000 of reserve funds, including $589,000 for a consolidated dispatch center and $150,000 for an emerald ash borer treatment plan. The Village Board meeting will begin at 6 p.m., but the budget hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. Also on the Village Board's agenda Monday night:
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
With a non-binding recommendation from the Plan Commission to authorize the space for public use, the Village Board will now hammer out the details for Stein's and other interested organizations to lease the space.
Stein's Garden Center moved one step closer to leasing out a median in the north Silver Spring parking lot Tuesday night, when Plan Commissioners voted to explore the leasing the land. In a unanimous vote, the commissioners made a non-binding recommendation to the Village Board to authorize the median near Beaumont Avenue for private lease. The north end of the parking lot island is proposed to be partially covered with paved materials to host events and vendors, such as Stein's Garden Center's satellite garden center known as Stein's Just Plants. The Whitefish Bay Village Board OK'd paving the median to create the "events pad" last month, and with the Plan Commission's action, the Village Board will now move forward with crafting a lease …
Monday, October 17, 2011
Whitefish Bay Village Board approves construction of paved parking area for satellite Stein's operation as well as farmers market and other potential vendors.
Less than a month after the Whitefish Bay Plan Commission shot down Stein’s Garden Center’s proposal for a temporary satellite location on Silver Spring Drive, the garden center's plan appears to have gotten another chance. The Village Board voted 5-1 Monday to create what officials are calling an "events pad" on the north end of the parking lot island behind the former El Guapo's building. The project would cost between $30,000 and $50,000 in funds from the tax incremental finance district, which has a projected surplus of $90,000 in 2012. The work would not be paid for out of the general fund that determines the tax levy. Commissioners rejected Stein’s initial proposal to occupy the north end of the parking lot after business owners …