Shorewood considers letting dance company locate in industrial district
By Clare Walters Correspondent June 16, 2013 6:38PM
Updated: July 18, 2013 6:44AM
Look both ways before crossing the street — or the parking lot.
Ensuring the safety of children being dropped off and picked up from classes at a proposed gymnastics facility was the chief concern for Shorewood officials last week when they considered issuing a permit allowing the business to locate within an industrial district.
Joseph Serena, who owns the property at 304 Amendodge, is petitioning the village board for a conditional use permit that would allow Dean Gymnastics and Dance Company to occupy 10,000 square feet in the 12,000 square-foot facility.
The facility is zoned industrial, but the village has permitted other types of businesses to locate within the district, Trustee Steve Brockman said.
Community Development Director Kimberly Jones said the concern was with the site’s available parking. But based on the type of business and its staggered class schedule, the limited number of parking spaces shouldn’t be a problem.
The gym also would be prohibited from hosting any dance or gymnastics competitions because of the minimal parking, she said.
Plans for the facility include a new parking layout that will create 21 striped parking stalls for the gym.
Based on the business owner’s estimates, a maximum of 32 students and six employees will be at the building at any given time, Jones said.
Trustee Jim McDonald said that means as many as 64 vehicles could be dropping off or picking up children between classes, and the volume concerns him.
“You’ll be doubling the car capacity,” he said.
With children coming in and out of the building, he suggested distinct striping for a pedestrian walkway.
“I feel that for the safety features they need a little more work done on it,” McDonald said.
Mayor Rick Chapman asked McDonald and Jones to work together with the petitioner to address the safety concerns.
The permit could be voted on at the next village board meeting.