The new dance studio, if
approved, would be built specifically with elements
catered to dancing, Kay’s Academy of Dance owner Kay
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
“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.”
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
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,
“It’s been extremely successful because we’ve had
multiple businesses conform to those standards,
including the Feather and Fringe,” Kaniewski said.