Dance studio to redevelop Main Street property
First proposed redevelopment under village’s new overlay district

By Brandon Anderegg

Dec. 13, 2018

The new dance studio, if approved, would be built specifically with elements catered to dancing, Kay’s Academy of Dance owner Kay Johnson said.
Submitted rendering

MUKWONAGO — Kay’s Academy of Dance may relocate to 715 Main St. following site plan approval by the Plan Commission Tuesday night.

Although the proposal will require Village Board approval, this is the first redevelopment to be considered by the village under the “village center overlay district,” a zoning district that allows specific regulations in addition to those already in place under the current zoning of the area.

The proposal consists of a brand new 10,000-squarefoot building with a 32-car lot, according to the proposal. The commission approved demolishing the previous building that sat at this location, which some may remember as a residence while others may recall Neumann’s Country Park restaurant.

The commission approved a permit to demolish the building, which the Mukwonago Fire Department carried out with a controlled burn earlier this year.

Kay’s Academy of Dance is currently located at 204 S Rochester St., but dance studio owner Kay Johnson said they will relocate to the new building entirely once it is complete.

“We’re just moving to a new location, bigger and better,” Johnson said. “We’re growing a lot, so we are expanding,” The new facility will be constructed specifically for dancing with sprung floors and view windows for parents, Johnson said.

“So it’s kind of unique in that regard,” Johnson said. “Because most dance studios are in a building that they try to conform to.”

Overlay district

In 2011 and 2012, the Highway 83 Stakeholders Advisory Committee recommended the creation of a village center overlay zoning district that was then adopted by the Village Board and Plan Commission.

Due to multiple types of zoning within the downtown area, committee members felt zoning standards needed to be more consistent with the historical development within downtown, Village Planner Bruce Kaniewski told a Freeman reporter.

Under the overlay district, the downtown area has been sectioned into three areas: the residential perimeter, the retail center and the multi-purpose perimeter.

The 715 Main St. property is currently zoned in the neighborhood business district. However, VCOZD standards apply since the site is within the multipurpose perimeter of the VCOZD.

In addition to a new set of standards for downtown- area buildings, the VCOZD allows for more flexibility for people who may want to develop in the downtown area. The intent of the VCOZD is also to increase customer activity and pedestrian traffic in downtown Mukwonago, Kaniewski added.

“It’s been extremely successful because we’ve had multiple businesses conform to those standards, including the Feather and Fringe,” Kaniewski said.