- What could be on tap for the Brennan’s Marketplace
development grew a little clearer at the Common
Council’s meeting on Tuesday, when aldermen approved
revisions to the site plans for the property.
move, which was recommended by the Plan Commission on
July 9, could pave the way for a 8,400-square-foot
Milwaukee Ale House restaurant and bar to move into one
of the property’s other vacant lots, rather than the one
that was originally approved in 2011.
Planner Jason Gallo said changes requested by developer
Oliver Construction Co. are such that that one of the
larger proposed buildings for the site would be split
into two smaller buildings, the smaller of which would
now house the restaurant and bar.
changes were that the gateway identification feature - a
ground sign and retaining wall at the corner of Valley
Road and Summit Avenue - would be downsized to a
terraced landscaping feature and a smaller sign. Also,
the originally approved public plaza and sidewalk area
was asked to be changed to a smaller concrete patio
decorative grain silo still is planned to accompany the
restaurant and will be moved along with it so that it is
in a more prominent location.
expressed reservations about the downscaling of the
gateway and public patio.
changes are specifically cutting back on the public
amenities,” he said. “The original developer showed
images of a large plaza ... with a fountain and an entry
wall and signage feature that made a commanding presence
at the corner. By removing these features, this
development is reduced to a typical commercial
city had granted a certain level of flexibility to
developers in 2007 in exchange for a higher level of
public amenities on the site. Though Gallo’s report
indicated it would still want such accommodations, it
acknowledged why they may not be feasible.
understands the economy has changed since the initial
approval of this development in 2007,” he said. “If the
original plans were feasible, the development would be
constructed. The proposed compromise for the the plaza
and gateway signage is a step in the right direction.”
Gallo’s own recommendations for the property included
that the fountain be added to the center of the proposed
concrete patio and final details on the plaza and
gateway come back to the plan commission for final
part of the move, the address of the proposed business
is changing from
1680 Old Schoolhouse Road to
1686 Old Schoolhouse Road, located on the corner of
Summit Avenue and Valley Road.