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 …
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 …