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 …
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 …
Friday, October 28, 2011
Bluemel's and Stein's both donated pumpkins after hearing about vandalized fundraiser.
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- Jeff Rumage
Friday, October 28, 2011
Two local garden centers have reached out to help United Methodist Church with its pumpkin fundraiser after 40 pumpkins were smashed last weekend. Stein's of Mequon donated 75 pumpkins and Bluemel's in Greenfield donated about 25 pumpkins to the church after hearing about the pumpkins that were smashed on Silver Spring Drive, blocking the road early Sunday morning. Pastor Wiley Gladney said residents in the community have also reached out to help after hearing about the $1,000 setback in its fundraiser. "People have come by to buy a pumpkin commenting that they saw the news report and wanted to support us," he said. The church is selling the pumpkins as a missions fundraiser through Monday.
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 …
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Commissioners sided with business owners who feared loss of customers due to placement of temporary outdoor store.
Stein's Garden and Gifts' plans for an outdoor garden center in a municipal lot were rejected by the Whitefish Bay Plan Commission Tuesday night. The commission voted 5-1 to deny Stein's proposal to erect a temporary garden center, called "Stein's Just Plants," in the back of the parking lot behind Associated Bank from April 30 through July 6 in 2012. Only chairperson Julie Siegel supported the company's request. Several commissioners said their vote was swayed against Stein's after hearing concerns from Silver Spring retailers about the loss in parking spaces. Bill Kregel of Fitzgerald's Pharmacy said he still has a sour taste in his mouth after the road construction in 2009, but he said he was happy with the results. He said the lot …