neighbors living along Highway LO and Highway I in the
Town of Mukwonago near the Greenwald Foundation’s
proposed project site have erected signs in their yards,
protesting against the plans for a 9,500 square-foot
MUKWONAGO - The Greenwald Foundation is seeking Town Board
approval for a $2 million banquet facility on the Millennium
Manor Gardens property located on S100-W31244 Highway LO in the
town, according to a pending conditional use application.
banquet hall proposal is in its infancy and does not include a
plan of operation, the foundation intends to build a 9,500
square-foot venue to facilitate family gatherings, educational
events, fundraisers, weddings and parties, said Ron Spear, the
agent for the application. Spear added that the family is
building the facility in honor of Sherry Greenwald who died in
2012, he said.
family has made attempts to honor her legacy by having a
facility out there that could be enjoyed by the community as
well as allow for celebratory events and fundraisers,” Spear
said. “Very similar to Ten Chimneys (in Genesee Depot).”
This is the
Greenwald Foundation’s third attempt to build a banquet
facility at this location, but the Town Board denied the project
in 2008 and again in 2016 based on the criteria within the
town’s zoning code, and in part because of residents’
opposition expressed at public hearings, said Town Planner Tim
Greenwald Foundation is proposing a $2 million banquet
facility on the Millennium Manor Gardens property located
on S100-W31244 Highway LO in the Town of Mukwonago.
50 residents including those who neighbor Millennium Gardens
attended Wednesday night’s public hearing, some of whom were
opposed to the banquet hall proposal, said Deputy Clerk Gail
In fact, an
anti-banquet hall website has been created and several signs
against the facility have been erected in the front lawns of
residents living on Highway LO and Highway I, said Roger
Oldenburg, who lives near the gardens.
Oldenburg, the unknown elements of the project have left him
skeptical. For example, the amount of traffic that could be
added to the area if such a facility was constructed, the noise
events would produce, and the effect runoff would have on the
Mukwonago River and watershed, he said.
bottom line for Oldenburg is that the property is zoned for
agriculture, yet a commercial business would operate right next
to his home, he said.
didn’t move out here to move next to a commercial property,”
Oldenburg said. “This area does not support a commercial
entity and it’s not in the land use.”
Nancy Movrich, who also neighbor Millennium Gardens, both said
the foundation’s plans are ambiguous, leaving residents with a
lot of “what ifs” and uncertainty.
has been living on their neighboring property for more than 60
years and have never had ill will towards the Greenwald family,
Nancy Movrich said. She added that the property is beautiful and
should be shared with the community in some way, but they’re
troubled by how the project could impact the area, she said.
just the magnitude of the facility in an A-1 area,” Nancy
Movrich said. “It doesn’t fit the surrounding community.”
to the community, Greenwald says
Foundation Principal Dick Greenwald said the banquet hall will
be “a thing of beauty, of benefit to the community without
harm to the neighbors,” according to a letter addressed to
goes on to explain that the family has worked with the requests
of neighbors, restricting the number of guests per event to 200,
eliminating open air tents as well as policing guests, Greenwald
seem to me that the neighbors should be desirous of our
proposal,” Greenwald said. “It gives them more protection
and assurance of a quality event than they now have.”
there is strong opposition, the development may prevail due to a
change in state law. Act 67, which was signed into law by Gov.
Scott Walker in 2017, essentially limits the power of local
governments to deny conditional use permits.
The law also
prohibits officials from considering the opinions of citizens
when deciding to grant a conditional use permit. Citizens
opposed to any project must present substantial evidence to
support arguments that a would-be development might lower their
property values, threaten their public safety, or create other
hearing for the banquet hall proposal will be held at a joint
Town Board and Plan Commission meeting on July 11 at 6:30 p.m.
in Town Hall, W320-S8315 Beulah Road.