Tourist rooming house proposed for downtown Cedarburg
Plan Commission to take up the issue Thursday

By Melanie Boyung - News Graphic Staff

Jan. 2, 2018

 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.

According to 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.

According to 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.

The Cedarburg 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.

Conditions 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 notified.

Failure to comply with the conditions or address problems could result in permit revocation, according to the staff report.

Fix’s 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 information.