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Apartments No Longer Part of Redevelopment Plan

Village President John Hermes responded to concerns from Greendale residents in regards to the apartment buildings included in the concepts meant to redevelop the municipal parking lot in the Village Center.

Apartments are no longer part of the Village Center redevelopent concept, Village President John Hermes wrote in a letter to Greendale residents.

in the five concepts for redevelopment of the municipal parking lot on Parking Street. 

Greendale residents Jackie Kraemer and Luke Huberty ran an unofficial exit poll by the door at the open house. They collected 197 signatures against the apartment buildings and 3 in favor them.

After hearing residents' concerns Village President John Hermes wrote the letter below:

Dear Greendale Neighbors:

One of the many things that make our community great is our commitment to making the Village the best it can be. Greendale is thriving, thanks in large part to recent development efforts and smart decision making by our Village leaders and input from our residents and business owners. The recent open house regarding concepts for a redevelopment of the Village Center is another decision making process. After reviewing several proposed concepts, Village Residents, as well as Village Board members, voiced concerns regarding the inclusion of housing options in the redevelopment concepts. On behalf of the Village, I want to assure you that we heard your feedback and it will be incorporated into the ongoing public process. Specifically, we will be working with our Plan Commission to develop concepts that do not include housing, for consideration by the Plan Commission and Village Board.

Thank you to everyone who has been involved in the process thus far. I encourage you to remain engage as the concepts are considered by the Plan Commission and Village Board and to contact your Village Board member with any additional feedback. If you wish to receive additional information and notifications about future meetings on the redevelopment concepts, please contact the Assitant to the Village Manager, Ms. Sarah Jankowski at 414-423-2100 or sjankowski@greendale.org

Sincerely,

John Hermes
President 
Village of Greendale

P Eichman April 19, 2012 at 08:13 PM
This is what a full retreat looks like.
Catherine April 19, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Looks like they finally woke up from their nap and realized that the residents of Greendale really do know what's the right thing for this village. Let's hope that they continue to listen.
Nicki April 19, 2012 at 08:50 PM
It's a relief and a pleasure to know that our Village Board responds to the concerns of the residents of Greendale. The redevelopment plans are fine without the apartments and whichever one is chosen will only enhance our beautiful Village. Thank you to the Board for listening.
Sue April 19, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Nicki, I totally agree with your comments. (We don't always have to have a negative tone to these comments!)
Greendale Citizen April 19, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Unfortunately, this same board did not listen to its citizens when it came to Walmart coming to the Village. That's ok...that's what elections are for.
Bren April 19, 2012 at 09:09 PM
I was not impressed by the plans. Has anyone actually participated in a focus group to discuss what would be best for Greendale/what would attract Greendale residents? Concerns about putting in Walmart on 76th Street were ignored, but excellent suggestions were brought forward about retailers that Greendale residents would frequent. Businesses/services that also meet the needs of local residents will promote success. A prime piece of real estate on Broad Street has now been leased to a resale shop. Does a second hand store reflect the needs of Greendale residents and impress visitors looking for an upscale shopping experience? We need some big-picture thinking before irreparable damage is done.
Catherine April 20, 2012 at 01:48 AM
While I don't agree with the Walmart decision, it was a private transaction. The only thing that the village can do is regulate hours of operation, signage, etc.
LaurenK April 20, 2012 at 01:56 AM
What about turning the old Police Station into a restaurant or a bed and breakfast? Keep the outside looking like it does, but it would save the building. They did this in Bardstown, Kentucky, with the jail from 1788 when their new one was built. It saved the historical building, but brought in revenue to the town. Plus it gave visitors a place to stay in the town.
Christina Z April 20, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Thank you John, and the rest of the board, for listening and working together with our community! We appreciate all you do for Greendale!
mmlgreendale April 20, 2012 at 02:26 AM
I'm very happy that this decision has been made after listening to the people Unfortunately we have already paid thousands of dollars for all of the proposals to be drawn up and submitted to the board. I hope people remember this when it comes time to vote again.
Joan Borman April 20, 2012 at 02:33 PM
I am very happy that the people of Greendale were listened to. The only good thing about the $$ drawings was realizing how nice the parking area can look--- without the monsterous apartments. Joan
Bren April 21, 2012 at 05:47 PM
I think that is a lovely idea! We should be working to preserve the historic appearance of Greendale as we are the stewards of this generation. This Village board doesn't seem to understand how precious this district is. The more it looks like everywhere else, the less valuable it becomes.
JB April 22, 2012 at 02:30 AM
This is another example of troubled and little mind leadership of the Village.
Mary Postotnik April 25, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Anyone who has only negative comments - should then be part of the planning and concepting. It is easy to just say, "No". The hard part is coming up with viable solutions - that satisfy the fiscal needs of the Village and its commuity. I really wish there could be a more open dialogue. And just for the record, I am for the Walmart.
Neilani Hoefs May 17, 2012 at 02:12 PM
I agree also, greendale has always been a great community to live in and has great schools for children. By building extra apts would take away all its beauty. Thank you for keeping it that way

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