GERMANTOWN — The building
housing the now-shuttered La Chimenea Mexican Restaurant along a
major thoroughfare in Germantown is expected to live on. But another
eatery is not part of the future plans.
The village Plan Commission on Monday voted to a series of technical
zoning changes for the site, N112 W15251 Mequon Road, in response to
the restaurant’s closure.
Property owner Chris Greene went before the Plan Commission at this
week’s meeting and said he intended to reuse the vacant building
for other uses, including office space. As such, the village is
planning to amend the zoning stipulations for the site, which
carries a technical classification of planned development district.
“The thought process was that La Chimenea would be successful
forever,” Greene said. “Now that La Chimenea has failed and closed,
the thought is … to use it as my office and, ultimately,
potentially, add something on that west property.”
Greene owns additional land to the west of the La Chimenea building,
and original plans encapsulated in the initial PDD zoning document
indicated new construction would go on the site.
In his discussion with commissioners, Greene said there are no
long-term plans for the west-end lot, though he said building for a
warehouse- type business could ultimately be brought before the
appointed body for review and consideration.
“There’d be the understanding it would be commensurate with the
existing architecture,” Greene said of the possible proposal.
The west side lot’s access along Mequon Road could bode well for
light industrial use, but Greene said no solidified plans are on the
table at this time.