A state Department of Transportation plan to widen Highway 100 would result in dozens of businesses being lost in West Allis and tonight the Common Council decided to protest the plan.
Alderman Gary Barczak, chairman of the Public Works Committee, estimated the city would lose 50 businesses if the widening went through. At the very least $10 million in real estate would be gone and $500,000 in taxbase, estimated Peter Daniels, principal engineer.
"I think we're going to have a real fight," Daniels said, as the state Department of Transportation is determined to at least add 10 feet to the road for bike lanes.
The Common Council decided to send a strong protest to state transportation authorities. The city also will express its opposition to any widening to the city's state representatives and to the governor.
West Allis — A popular playground at the former Roosevelt Elementary School in West Allis will likely not be sold if and when the school building is sold, but that might not mean the playground will survive.
The West Allis-West Milwaukee School Board wants to sell Roosevelt School, 932 S. 60th St., to a buyer that would raze it and build a medical office building. After neighbors objected to losing the playground, the buyer assured that it would be kept.
But city officials want the schools to keep the one-acre park and playground, Andrew Chromy, director of business services for the schools, reported to the school board Monday. He said the city won't approve a necessary rezoning if the park is included in the potential sale.
As a result, the board decided to go ahead with trying to sell just the school for $640,000. But there also was some feeling on the board that the park should be subdivided for homes.
The playground costs roughly $2,660 annually to maintain, Chromy said.» Read Full Article
The popular Crawdaddy's Cajun & Creole Restaurant is coming back to West Allis.
The restaurant on 64th and Greenfield Avenue has been closed for some time, but owner Jonathan Klug intends to reopen at a different location but with the same name and the same menu. He will again do the cooking, so it will be the same chef.
The new Crawdaddy's will open in the former location of Big Dogs Sports Grill, 9427 W. Greenfield Ave., that closed in April.
Klug is in the process of obtaining a liquor license from the city.
West Allis will have evening trick-or-treat this year for the first time in at least 20 years.
With official trick-or-treat starting at 4 p.m. on Halloween and going until 7 p.m. there will be a choice of daytime or after dark, said West Allis Mayor Dan Devine who proclaimed the change in hours this year.
"We have people who ask for nighttime trick-or-treat every Halloween," he said. "They come in, they visit, they call, they email."
Halloween coming on a Saturday this year seemed like the right time to step cautiously toward a bit of nighttime trick-or-treating, he said.
"We'll give it a shot," Devine said. "People will have the daytime option and a dusk and evening option."» Read Full Article
Greenfield — The Layton Avenue Baptist Church, 9000 W. Layton Ave., that could be incorporated into a $150 million shopping, restaurant, office, hotel and residential development along Layton Avenue, has its eye on a new location.
Church leaders are asking Greenfield officials what they think about rezoning land at 9600 W. Layton Avenue back to institutional so that it could be a new home for the church. The plan commission is to take up the proposal on Tuesday.
Despite the current residential zoning, a mixture of homes, businesses and community uses such as churches is envisioned for the area in the city's long-range land use plan, said Chuck Erickson, economic development and planning director. Rezoning to institutional for a church would be in keeping with the land-use plan.
Months ago when Cobalt Partners announced its intention to build the $150 million development along Layton Avenue from 84th to 92nd streets, church officials said the church had the option of staying or getting help from the developer to move.
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The Ultimate Salad Bar, 10922 W. National Ave., West Allis is having a grand opening and ribbion cutting from 11 a.m. to noon today. Small salads are free all day.
A westbound lane of Greenfield Avenue is blocked at the bridge over Interstate 894 from a semitrailer rollover that happened about 1 p.m. Oct. 7.
West Allis firefighters were on the scene to inspect the trailer, which was on its side in the westbound right lane and sidewalk of Greenfield Avenue.
Emergency personnel will likely have to close westbound Greenfield Avenue or both directions of Greenfield Avenue to unload the huge rolls of paper the truck was carrying. The truck's cargo must be unloaded before it can be pulled upright.
There are no details at this point about what caused the rollover, whether other vehicles were involved or whether there were injuries.
Stay tuned to WestAllisNow.com for more on this situation.
Greenfield — Officials here will soon dive into a proposed budget for next year that is stable and has no "dramatic cutbacks in services or big tax increases," Mayor Michael Neitzke said.
A notable proposed budget expenditure of about $300,000 is earmarked for police body cameras nd the supporting electronic equipment.
A proposed 2016 Greenfield city budget calling for a 1.29 percent tax levy increase with virtually no increase in the operating budget has been unveiled by Neitzke.
The proposed budget will go to finance and human resources committee for consideration. The common council will have the final vote on the spending budget of $25.5 million, compared with this year's $25.4 million.
The proposed property tax levy is $23.1 million, compared with the 2015 levy of $22.8 million. The estimated property tax rate is $8.44 per $1,000 of assessed value, which is 6 cents more than this year's rate. Under the proposed budget, the owner of a home assessed at $100,000 would pay $6 more for municipal services.» Read Full Article
One of the first two stores to open in the Milwaukee of Ross Dress for Less, the nation's largest off-price apparel and home fashion chain, will open Saturday in West Allis.
The other store will be in Brookfield.
The opening will be at 9 a.m. at the West Allis Towne Centre, 6800 W. Greenfield Ave.
As part of the grand opening ceremonies, the West Allis Ross Dress for Less will donate $2,500 to the Friends of the West Allis Public Library and will give away $1,000 in Ross Dress for Less gift cards.
Also, from Oct 10 - 18, customers will be able to enter in-store for a chance to win a $500 shopping spree or one of five $100 shopping sprees.» Read Full Article
Two left lanes have reopened on eastbound Interstate 94 at S. 70th St. after a brief closure because of a crash, according to law enforcement.
The lanes' closure was initially estimated to last about an hour.
A fight involving three students at West Allis Central High School Thursday afternoon triggered safety precautions in the building at the end of the school day, Principal Amy Van Deuren said.
The fight broke out after 1 p.m. Thursday at the school, 8516 W. Lincoln Ave., Van Deuren said. The school, along with police, handled the incident.
Students were put in what's called a classroom hold, which is when students stay in their classrooms. It's a technique also used in other situations, one example of which are medical emergencies. She also said students were released at the end of the day one floor at the time to ensure a "smooth end to the day."
An auto call was sent to parents and guardians letting them know about the altercation. According to the call, athletes were supervised at the school's field house until practices began and nonathletic co-curricular activities were canceled for the day.
Julie Frank of West Allis got the call about 3:45 p.m. Thursday letting her know that an altercation had occurred at her 17-year-old daughter's school.» Read Full Article
With a big battle looming for the Badgers, Iowa graduate J.P. Cadorin talks about the dangers the Hawkeyes present. Also, while Aaron Rodgers has been excellent, there is another quarterback who's been just as impressive. And could a prep football powerhouse be left out of the playoffs this year entirely?
Sendik's Food Markets is pursuing plans to open a supermarket in West Milwaukee, the latest location for a local chain that has operated in more affluent communities.
Sendik's is proposing a 40,000-square-foot store for a vacant lot at 4200 W. Burnham St. That site, which borders S. Miller Park Way, is the former site of an ADM Milling Co. grain elevator, which closed in 2004 and was later demolished.
The new Sendik's would amount to a $12 million investment, according to information from the village. It would have an estimated 140 full- and part-time employees.
The Village Board and Community Development Authority, at a joint Monday night meeting, agreed to provide $2.1 million in village financing for the project, along with spending $400,000 on public improvements connected to the development, said Judy Johnson, the village's administrative assistant.» Read Full Article
The Greenfield School Board decided on Monday to appoint a candidate to fill the vacancy left by Len Cich who died Aug. 11.
The appointee will serve until the April election.
Those who would like to be considered for appointment must fill out an application and return it to the School District of Greenfield Administrative offices, 4850 S. 60th St., Attn: Ellen Krikelas, by 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 14.
Candidates will be invited to introduce themselves and provide a short presentation to the school board at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21. Candidates may be asked questions by the board.
Afterward, the school board will conduct the selection process and vote in open session.» Read Full Article