Buddhist Temple Wants to Relocate to Residential Greenfield Neighborhood

Phuoc Hau Buddhist Temple, which has called Milwaukee home for 15 years, is interested in building a temple on Edgerton Avenue.

Phuoc Hau Buddhist Temple of Milwaukee, which has worshiped at 1575 W. Oklahoma Ave., Milwaukee, for 15 years, wants to move its temple to Greenfield.

At , temple officials will request a conceptual project review for a proposed 8,100-square-foot place of worship on a 1.5-acre area which represents a combination of the approximately one acre Phuoc Hau already owns at 44th and Edgerton Avenue, and the adjacent half-acre of the 44th Street right-of-way.

The proposal would eventually require the city alderpersons to rezone the land from residential to institutional.

It’s the second time temple officials have submitted a proposal for the site, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. In a story over the weekend, the newspaper reported that Phuoc Hau withdrew its application in 2010.

The area is already home to another religious institution; Masjid Al-Huda, a Muslim mosque occupies the northwest intersection of 43rd Street and Edgerton Avenue, a block away from the proposed Buddhist temple site.

The Buddhist temple is one of several places of worship that religious groups have tried to bring to Greenfield over the last two years.

The previous two had mixed success. The Ridge Community Church, a non-denominational Christian church that currently holds services at Whitnall High School, initially on Layton Avenue west of 92nd Street.

When those , church officials set their sights on the soon-to-be vacant Walmart building, and earlier this summer, the Common Council voted in favor of r and allowing the church to renovate the Walmart.

Last August, the same alderpersons voted against rezoning land near from residential to institutional. The switch, had it been made, .

Residents were concerned with the additional traffic the church would have potentially brought to the area.

nelda September 10, 2012 at 07:21 PM
As long as they pay taxes like the home owners in the city of Greenfield. Fine. If they are tax exempt then no. Greenfield needs the tax base.
GreenfieldParent September 11, 2012 at 01:31 AM
They don't pay taxes and it's a bad place for a church. The property is too small and the church a couple of houses away is a mess for parking.
Lee September 11, 2012 at 03:01 PM
It was okay for the Community church to buy a big hunk of land and have it deemed tax free, but saying "no" to the Temple who already owns land at the site isn't? This land is no doubt already tax exempt so what is the problem. Is is the word Temple vs. Church? Just as a side bar; white Americans too are practicing Buddhists.
Andy September 12, 2012 at 05:43 PM
I absolutly agree with Lee on the taxes. If every church pays its tax, I do believe they (Buddhist temple) will be willing to do so. There is no choice. How it will be a mess for parking if they have more than enough parking spaces and the building has to meet the State & City CODE.
robert heule September 18, 2012 at 03:26 AM
All property containing a house of worship is currently tax exempt. That is not the issue here. The issue is that the City of Greenfield is again treating one religion differently than it is another. The large lobbying skilled Ridge Church has been granted a tax exemption on a valuable piece commercial land. Why should the Buddists be denied use of their property for their house of worship? tthe large


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