Six parking stalls behind the building on Washington
Avenue south of Turner Street will accommodate residents
of the proposed rooming house.
Photo by Art Dahlke
CEDARBURG — Out
& Out Custard owner Eric Fix is looking to expand his local business
footprint to include a tourist rooming house.
his conditional use permit application submitted to the city of
Cedarburg, Fix owns the building at W62 N596 Washington Ave. The
first floor is home to the Painted Swing and the second floor is a
700-square-foot apartment that Fix wants to convert from an annual
lease to a tourist rental unit.
The matter is
scheduled for public hearing and action at the Thursday Plan
Commission meeting, set for 7 p.m. at City Hall, W63 N645 Washington
Ave. in the council chambers.
Fix’s application, the one-bedroom, one-bathroom unit will be rented
out on a daily, weekly or monthly basis to tourists, using online
marketing such as AirBNB. Fix wrote that the unit can house up to
four people of the same party; it cannot and will not be divided
into multiple units.
code was amended to allow tourist rooming houses as a conditional
use in 2014. Staff comments attached to the application say that the
use is appropriate for the location. There are six parking stalls
serving the unit from Columbia Road. The apartment is accessible
from Washington Avenue, but the Columbia Road access will still
allow full use when Washington Avenue is closed for events.
listed with the application include installing and maintaining smoke
and carbon dioxide detectors, following all relevant state and fire
codes for a rooming house and, if there are any complaints or
nuisances, they will be dealt with immediately upon Fix being
comply with the conditions or address problems could result in
permit revocation, according to the staff report.
submission to the Plan Commission states that there will not be fire
pits on the propery or pets or parties allowed within the rental. In
completing the project to convert the apartment to a rooming house,
he will be repairing lighting in the parking area, installing a key
pad lock, improving entry lighting, upgrading to flooring, painting
and furnishing and updating the insurance on the unit to accommodate
the new use.
Room taxes will
be collected for the unit and paid to Cedarburg, according to Fix’s