Friday, February 1, 2013
The Greenfield School District's former administrative building has been vacant for nearly three years but sits on a prime piece of real estate.
In an interview with The Business Journal earlier this month, Mayor Michael Neitzke noted three development sites the city is focusing on in 2013. Among those was the Chapman property, once home of the Greenfield School District’s administrative building until new offices were built as part of the high school renovation project. The building has stood vacant for years but the lot could be a key piece to future city development. Where is the property? 8500 W. Chapman, just north of Layton Avenue and west of 84th Street, in immediate proximity to the I-894 on/off ramps and just minutes away from the 76th Street corridor. How long has it been vacant? Since sometime in 2010. According to Community Development Manager Chuck Erickson, the city …
Monday, November 19, 2012
Several residents have not been pleased with what's happening in the neighborhood since Pick 'n Save moved across 76th Street in 2011. The store is trying to smooth things over.
Neighbors concerned with undesirable activity taking place at Pick ‘n Save, 4279 S. 76th St., and spilling over into their yards could notice big changes at the supermarket soon. Three months after a handful of residents lambasted the 1-year-old Pick ‘n Save for a myriad of issues including safety, excess noise, lighting concerns and litter, the Common Council is expected to approve a site plan amendment that will allow Roundy’s to erect an 8-foot fence next to the existing 6-foot fence. The fence separates serves as a divider between residential homes along Cold Spring Road and the store’s parking lot. Over the summer, there were incidents involving shoplifters scaling the existing fence and attempting to elude store security or …
Friday, April 6, 2012
The Ridge Community Church has an accepted offer to purchase the soon-to-be vacant WalMart building, but possible rezoning and land use issues stand in the way.
The Ridge Community Church is not named after the congregation’s first dwelling — Ridge Theater in New Berlin, where around 30 people gathered nearly five years ago. “The Ridge” just happened to symbolize what the rapidly growing church was all about. “We liked the idea of ‘The Ridge’ because we want people to always reach higher and never be satisfied where they are,” Pastor Mark Weigt said. “God always has more and we never want to settle for anything less than God’s best for us.” With that in mind, if Weigt’s plan to move the RCC into the soon-to-be vacant WalMart building on Highway 100 comes to fruition, rest assured there will be no name switch to Church-Mart or anything similar. Weigt and the RCC has an accepted offer to purchase …
Thursday, April 5, 2012
A billboard that has permanently displayed nature scenes for 13 years will feature real advertising in the near future after the city changed a long-standing agreement with the advertising company that owns the billboard.
Greenfield’s permanent winter will be no longer. On Wednesday, the city’s Common Council voted in favor of changing a long-standing agreement with Clear Channel and previous advertising companies that required a west-facing billboard on the eastbound Interstate 894 on-ramp on 60th Street to portray only nature scenes. For approximately 13 years, thanks to an agreement between Eller Media Company (which has since merged with Clear Channel) and the City of Greenfield, the west side of the billboard, or the side that faces 60th Street, has been a nature scene while the side facing the interstate has been used for typical advertising. For a long time, however, the billboard has not been changed from its current winter scene. The council voted …
Thursday, February 2, 2012
The residence on West Loomis Road was placarded by the health department Jan. 27.
Just days after the Greenfield Police Department arrested Larry Howard for allegedly operating a drug house, the Greenfield Health Department deemed the living space unfit for human habitation. Officials from the health department placarded the upper unit of 4025 W. Loomis Rd. on Jan. 27. One week earlier, at the request of the police department, Health Department officials inspected the site and found the residence to be in violation of several city codes. According to Darren Rausch, the city's health director, the unit had cat feces everywhere and a litter box nearly overflowing; the kitchen and bedroom areas were full of clutter; and there was rotting and decaying food throughout the house. Rausch said he did not witness any vermin, but…
Monday, January 9, 2012
Clear Channel wants to use the west side of an existing billboard, which has been covered with nature scenes for 13 years, for advertising.
Though its snow-covered trees seem out of place lately, the billboard at the Southeast corner of 60th Street and the east-bound I-894 on-ramp has served as a reminder to Greenfield residents and visitors just exactly what season it is supposed to be in Southeastern Wisconsin. For approximately 13 years, thanks to an agreement between Eller Media Company (which has since merged with Clear Channel) and the City of Greenfield, the west side of the billboard, or the side that faces 60th Street, has been a rotating variety of nature scenes while the side facing the interstate has been used for typical advertising. Hundreds of cars drive past the location on a daily basis, but only a small apartment complex on the west side of 60th Street faces …
Friday, January 6, 2012
The center has been just outside the city's limits in Milwaukee since 1998.
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Friday, January 6, 2012
Greenfield must have a soft spot for pet adoptions. Just weeks after the city approved the Milwaukee Animal Rescue Center’s request to call Greenfield its home, Happy Endings No-Kill Cat Shelter, which has operated at 5349 Forest Home Ave. in Milwaukee since 1998, will have its proposal to relocate to 3318 Loomis Rd. heard by Greenfield’s Plan Commission on Tuesday, Jan. 10. Happy Endings is dedicated to the housing, feeding, medical treatment and re-socialization of abused, orphaned, stray and unwanted kittens and cats. Adoption-ready cats would be housed on-site at 3318 Loomis Rd. while most other cats – such as sick and injured cats – would be housed in foster care. According to information provided to the Plan Commission by Happy …
Thursday, January 5, 2012
The center's director intends to voluntarily make payments to the city in lieu of taxes.
The Milwaukee Animal Rescue Center, home of the world famous Daniel, the 26-toed cat, is already proving itself a good addition to Greenfield. Just a few short weeks ago, MARC received Common Council approval to move from Southridge Mall in Greendale to 5101 W. Loomis Rd. in Greenfield (Or is it 5217 S. 51st Street? More on that later). On Dec. 23, the center’s director, Amy Rowell, closed on the property and the transition started taking place. Late last week, however, the city realized it granted the center its approval without ever talking to Rowell about the city’s voluntary Payment In Lieu of Taxes, or PILOT, ordinance. The center is a non-profit animal welfare charity, and as such, is eligible for a property tax exemption. The PILOT …
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
The Greenfield Parks and Recreation Department has a proposal on the table for a new electronic reader board that does not follow the city's sign code.
High upon Parks and Recreation Director Scott Jaquish’s Christmas list is an electronic reader board to compliment the city’s beautiful new Community Center. The center, formerly the city’s library, has been open since July and since then has been adorned only with a static sign on the north end of the lot that still reads “Future Home of the Greenfield Community Center.” At Tuesday’s 6:30 p.m. Plan Commission meeting at City Hall, Jaquish, along with Mark Rausch of Clear Channel, will ask for a sign waiver that would allow Clear Channel to construct a reader board monument that stands 8 ½ feet high and 14 feet long. The actually reader board would be 6 feet high and 12 feet long. “It’s a beautiful board,” Jaquish said. “Clear Channel said…
Thursday, September 22, 2011
The city upheld its decision to deny a temporary special use permit to the haunted attraction's operator.
Updated at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22. Despite an effort by the operator to reconcile concerns regarding a proposed haunted attraction, the City of Greenfield upheld its decision to deny a temporary use permit for the location. Community Development Manager Chuck Erickson decided late last week to deny the permit requested by Taj Jordan for the purpose of opening HauntFest in the Ultimate Electronics building starting Sept. 30 through the end of October. HauntFest had been held at State Fair Park in West Allis the past seven years. In a four-page letter that Jordan said he did not receive until Monday, Erickson gave his reasons for the denial, including a general uncertainty as to what the event entailed. On Tuesday, Jordan appeared …