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DJ's May Get a Second Life at Council Meeting

Among the agenda items is a reconsideration on a vote to approve business zoning for pub on Janesville, which has divided residents on familiar lines.

After a thumbs up at the , and a technical thumbs down at the Common Council meeting, DJ's future may take another turn on Tuesday.

The pub has been at the center of debate for the past several weeks as it is seeking to be rezoned for a commercial use. The property it sits on has been residential even though there has always been a business in its current building, but it will be razed during Janesville Road construction. Rebuilding the pub and restaurant will require rezoning to a 'downtown revival' designation, which has had neighbors nervous over the impact.

, as neighbors had filed a petition of protest requiring a three-fourths vote in order to pass. Aldermen Robert Wolfe (D1) and Neil Borgman (D3) had voted no, indicating that a hand-drawn sketch of the property was not enough to ensure that the business would be compliant to city codes and agreeable to neighbors.

With a scaled image of the space and a parking area that would comply with city codes in hand, the matter could be reconsidered if Wolfe, Borgman or Alderman Eileen Madden, who was absent from the July 10 meeting, bring it forward for a re-vote.

In addition, agenda items will include

  • Permit approvals for Muskego's biggest festivals, Jammin' on Janesville on August 3 and the Community Festival for August 24-26
  • A new redevelopment district on Muskego's northwestern corner will also be presented for approval. , given plans by New Berlin to develop the quarry across the street and its proximity to the I-43 corridor.
  • A resolution regarding proper public discourse will be voted upon as well. Recent heated debate no doubt has prompted the move, which is authored by Mayor Kathy Chiaverotti.
  • Finally, a presentation by city attorney Eric Larson on open meetings and public records laws will be given near the end of the meeting, which will be held at 7 p.m. in the Muskego Room of City Hall.
The Anti-Alinsky July 23, 2012 at 07:49 PM
I understand Borgman's vote to some extent since his district lies on the east side of the lake, but I wonder what Wolve's reasoning was for not voting for the original zoning change?
Christine July 23, 2012 at 08:20 PM
D J's should not suffer because it's neighbors have a nice new street that forced DJ's displacement. Communities should work hard to retain the small businesses that give their towns character.

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