Moves may bring two new businesses to Shorewood
By Clare Walters For The Herald-News May 10, 2012 8:10AM
Updated: June 15, 2012 8:04AM
SHOREWOOD — Village officials are making way for two new businesses.
The village board Tuesday unanimously approved two measures crafted to meet the needs of two new businesses desiring to locate within the village. The board first approved a re-subdivision of lots in the Market Street commercial area better known as the Home Depot development.
Trustee Gary Fitzgerald said the resubdivision would move a lot line eliminating parking lot access between the existing building that includes Pizza Hut, Verizon and Lakota Dental and an undeveloped lot to the north.
“It’s a straightforward re-subdivision,” he said.
The change is at the request of a business that is considering locating on the vacant lot. Fitzgerald said with the approval, he expects that a site plan for the undeveloped lot will be forthcoming.
The village board also approved a site plan amendment for the property at 550 Brookforest Ave. The amendment allows for the storage and rental of commercial heating and air conditioning units in what is zoned as an office, research and light industrial use.
Fitzgerald said the property, which has been vacant for a couple of years, will soon be occupied by Trane, which sells and installs heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems for residential and commercial buildings.
To make way for Trane, the property will be improved with a caulking and sealing of the parking lot and the installation of an 8- or 10-foot fence.
Trustee Jim McDonald said he was concerned that the wooden fence would become an eyesore in the future if it wasn’t maintained.
Fitzgerald said he doesn’t see the fence as a detriment.
“Trane is a very well-known company and has every interest in maintaining the property,” he said.
Four or five trucks are expected to come and go from the site each day during regular business hours, Fitzgerald said. The new business also will bring jobs with it.
“Five new jobs are coming to Shorewood,” Fitzgerald said. “Every little bit counts.”
Approval of the site plan for the Trane site is subject to an approved landscape plan.