— The city of Oconomowoc will not be able to demolish Fong’s
Garden, the 109 N. Main St. property it recently agreed to
purchase from owner Tommy Lin, until it can inspect the property
— which cannot occur before Jan. 1.
to City Clerk Diane Coenen, on Jan. 1 the city will pay $1 million
of the $1.25 million it agreed to pay for the property and the
restaurant will cease all business. The remainder of the payment
would be provided to Lee on the date of delivery of occupancy —
essentially the date where everything has been cleared from the
property. The latest the property can be cleared and the final
payment made is March 31. Any items left in or on the Fong’s
Garden site after that date will become city property.
city won’t have the chance to inspect the property until the
closing date at the earliest because of the terms of the sale,
which were laid out by Lin. Coenen said any issues found with the
property would become the city’s responsibility because the
property is being sold “as is.” The date of the inspection is
also contingent upon when Lin is made aware of the inspection, as
the city is required to give him proper notice.
to Oconomowoc Director of Public Works Mark Frye, the city will
bring in a contractor that is certified in asbestos inspection.
Should that contractor find asbestos, the city will request a
proposal for a certified contractor to remove any of the asbestos
that has been identified.
city staff will also look to see if any fuel lines are present. If
so, those lines will be removed, according to Frye.
Energies will cut off the gas service from the building and the
city will remove the electrical service. The contractor the city
selects to demolish the building will be responsible for
abandoning the sanitary sewer and water laterals, according to
one door is demolished, another opens
say liquor licenses are at a premium in Oconomowoc would be an
understatement. Perhaps that is why Coenen’s been receiving more
phone messages since news of the city’s agreement with Fong’s
said a number of individuals have contacted the city to inquire
about the liquor license that will be made available when Fong’s
Garden ceases operation. However, she said, the city will not
accept any applications for the license until the business
officially closes. Once the application period is opened, any
interested party is free to fill out the paperwork, which would
have to be examined and approved by the Common Council.
contacted by The Freeman, Lin declined to comment.