Plans for a Tex-Mex food truck and a new Lutheran church have
received initial backing from the Plan Commission.
Consuelo Ramos recently applied for a temporary use permit from the
city that would allow them to park their food truck in the lot of
932 E. Moreland Blvd. between Jefferson and White Rock avenues.
the commission voted 4-0, recommending approval for the permit, but
with a 60-day time limit as opposed to the 120-day period
recommended by a city planner.
The couple can
reapply for another permit after the 60 days if there aren’t issues
with the food truck’s operations, commissioners noted.
There are a lot
of factory workers going into work early in the morning in the area,
Consuelo Ramos said this week, and the couple is hoping to offer
them a fresh alternative to fast-food or gas station breakfasts.
requesting to operate the truck, dubbed La Tejamita, between 5 a.m.
and 7:30 p.m., but will probably focus on breakfast and lunch hours,
at least initially, the couple has said.
The truck has a
generator, but Mayor Shawn Reilly encouraged the operators to use
power from the now vacant building on the site as much as possible
to reduce noise. The couple has already said they won’t operate the
generator between 5 and 8 a.m.
don’t plan on moving into the building, but have been in talks with
the property owner of 1403 Summit Ave., the site of the former Las
Tortugas, about making the now-vacant restaurant home base for the
discussions, Reilly noted that the Common Council will probably need
to consider drafting a full-fledged ordinance governing food trucks
at some point.
“I am not
really opposed to this,” he said of the food truck permit. “But
we’re testing it out too.”
If all goes
well, the Ramoses said they hope to operating by Aug. 1.
also gave unanimous support to a preliminary site plan for a $2.8
million church across from Waukesha West High School, but not
without some serious discussion regarding traffic concerns.
for 15 years at Rose Glen Elementary School, Waukesha-based Living
Word Lutheran Church has plans to build a 8,500 square-foot building
on seven acres on Saylesville Road, just south of Lawrence Road.
According to a
staff memo, the ultimate plan is to provide access to the new church
via an extension of Donald Drive, a residential road that intersects
with Lawrence Road but dead-ends a few yards west of that
A plan for a
subdivision to the southwest of the church property calls for Donald
Drive to be extended west to the future West High Drive, a larger
road that would intersect with Saylesville Road. Plans for the
church call for a permanent entrance from the extended Donald Drive,
but, in the meantime, congregants would enter the church via a
private drive off the current terminus of Donald Drive.
guarantees on when the new roads would be built, Reilly made a
motion to approve the preliminary site plan, noting that the
commission would not recommend approval of the final site plan
unless commissioners know for sure the extension to Donald Drive
would be built.
“If we don’t
have a letter from creditors saying the road is going to be put in,
I am probably going to say no,” Reilly said. “Lawrence Road is not
an access road for a church.”
pastor, the Rev. John Borgwardt, assured commissioners that the
church would be having discussions with the developer of the
subdivision about the issues.
business, commissioners recommended approval of a 14-foot metal art
sculpture for the entrance of Sunset Crossings shopping center at
120 W. Sunset Drive.
center was required to install a piece of public art as part of its
development agreement with the city, explained part owner Randy
Roth, but the owners also were interested in placing an eye-catching
piece of art at the site to highlight the center.
The sculpture is
expected to consist of an 8-foot-tall base of blackened stainless
steel, with a starburst at the top consisting of a sphere with
radiating pieces in yellow, orange, purple and blue, and a diameter
of about 6 feet, according a staff memo.
behind the creation is Jesse Meyer of Jesse Meyer Studio.