Kopp's Meditation Garden is a Go

The Common Council unanimously approved the plan that allows the owner to close off the southwest corner of the intersection of 76th Street and Layton Avenue with large metal panels.

For the third time in six years, the owner of Kopp's Frozen Custard has received the go-ahead to improve the southwest corner of 76th Street and West Layton Avenue.

Karl Kopp intends to create a "meditation garden" by installing anodized aluminum curved panels that are 6 feet high and 12 feet long along the north and east sides of the corner at the intersection on land adjacent to the popular Kopp's restaurant.

Large, illuminated glass artwork cubes would be placed between the panels as well according to the plan approved unanimously by Greenfield alderpersons at a Common Council meeting Nov. 20.

Landscaping crews were working on the corner last week.

In April 2011, the city’s Planning Commission approved a proposal that would have enclosed the garden by long metal tubes. In 2006, Kopp’s approved plan was to use a combination of a bamboo grove around the perimeter of the site with a glass cub on the interior. Neither project, however, was fully realized.

Two other projects move forward

At the same meeting during which three of five alderpersons voted to raise the property tax levy above what Mayor Michael Neitzke proposed in his 2013 budget, the Common Council also voted favorably to approve a new certified survey map for Arlington Cemetery, 4001 S. 27th St.

The unanimous vote divided the cemetery's land into three parcels, and moved plans to build a Mormon church at the intersection of Howard Avenue and Loomis Road another step forward.

The council is expected to hold a public hearing regarding the church in December.

The council also voted in favor of finally allowing Craig Mengeling to store one of his food storage wagons behind a 9-foot fence at the historic farm house at the intersection of Morgan and Forest Home avenues.

In October, Mengeling received clearance to use the farmhouse to prepare food for his food wagons, use part of it as living quarters and run an antique and refurbishing shop at the location as well.

But council members, after hearing concerns from neighbors, did not approve his request to store a food wagon at the property. The fence, however, apparently alleviated those concerns.


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