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Written by Mitch Maersch   
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 20:43

Advanced Restoration clears final hurdle to relocate to former Belgium Community Center

The former Belgium Community Center is getting a tenant, albeit with some stipulations.

The Village Plan Commission last month approved a conditional-use permit for Advanced Restoration to move into the building from its Town of Port Washington location after a public hearing.

Several residents who live and work near the building voiced support that a business is filling the center but voiced concerns over Advanced Restoration’s impact on the area’s aesthetics.

“I’m concerned not only for what they’re going to see but for the value of my property,” said Kurt Balde, owner of Holiday Trims Inc.

Balde said he doesn’t live in the village but his business property is assessed at $875,000, which he said makes him one of the highest taxpayers in the village.

“I have a pretty direct investment there. I don’t want to see that go down the drain,” he said.

Village President Vickie Boehnlein suggested putting conditions on the property such as requiring a fence to cover some of Advanced Restoration’s storage and asked residents for other ideas.

Balde said he doesn’t insist on a fence as long as the property is maintained properly.

Jordan Dimmer, who plans to buy Advanced Restoration from his father at year’s end, said excavators and vehicles the size of county trucks would be stored at the back of the property, and bins of topsoil would be in concrete bunkers in the front.

Dimmer said he was open to aesthetic improvements like a fence or berm.

Plan Commission member and Director of Public Works Dan Birenbaum said he was concerned about truck traffic in the residential area and suggested restrictions on where trucks could travel.

At the Plan Commission meeting immediately following the public hearing, the commission put a list of conditions on the property:

ν An 8-foot fence be placed on the east side of the property by April 1;

ν Landscaping and a berm be placed on the south, or front side, of the property by July 1;

ν Outdoor storage of equipment and materials only be stored on the north side of the property;

ν Truck traffic must access Main Street via Chestnut Street;

ν Material storage must be put in bunkers;

ν A fence may be required to be put on the north and west side of the property at some point in the future.

The commission approved the conditions by a 4-0 vote. Boehnlein, Birenbaum, Joan Gottsacker and Paul Utecht voted yes. Don Tuhy, Don Gotcher and Clem Gottsacker were absent.

Dimmer agreed to those conditions.

Advanced Restoration has done projects such as the Port Washington Light Station and St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Veteran Affairs Hospital in Milwaukee. Much of its work is done in Sheboygan and Milwaukee.

The company has 14 employees and is expected to expand next year, Dimmer said. It is currently headquartered on about five acres of Dan Dimmer’s 80-acre farm on Highway KK.

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