Sep 27, 2011
Stein’s Plans for a New Temporary RejectedSource: Whitefish Bay Patch

Commissioners and concerned business owners who feared loss of customers due to placement of temporary outdoor store bring Stein’s Garden’s ‘Just Plants’ proposal to a halt.

Stein’s Garden and Gifts’ plans for an outdoor garden center in a municipal lot were rejected by the Whitefish Bay Plan Commission Tuesday night, reports Jeff Rumage in a recent article.

A 5-1 commission vote denied Stein’s proposal to erect a temporary garden center, called “Stein’s Just Plants,” in the back of a bank parking lot. This “pop-up” location would operate from April 30 through July 6 in 2012.

A loss of parking spaces was the primary concerned voiced by local retailers – a concern commissioners said swayed their vote. Commissioners urged the representatives from Stein’s to draft a new proposal in a new location and possibly a smaller footprint, notes Rumage. The original garden center plans proposed would have taken up between 14 to 16 parking spaces in the northern edge of the 66-space lot.

“As part of the agreement, the garden center would have paid the village $15,000 in rent and donated 500 pumpkins for the Great Pumpkin Festival and flowers to the Public Works Department,” writes Rumage. For additional details of Stein’s plans, click here.


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