Village clears way for painting shop to open in Village Market building
The discussion by the Village of Fredonia Plan Commission last week made it clear the chances of a grocery store returning in the community have now vanished.
That’s because the commission approved a conditional-use permit for HCR Services to operate a paint shop at 120 Highland Dr., the former location of the Village Market.
The building is owned by Tom Mongoven.
The grocery closed late last year after a change in ownership in June of 2015. Before that, David Roggenbuck ran the village’s only grocery at the location since 1997.
However, without enough business to support the grocery, the building was destined for a new use.
HCR Services has been in the custom painting business for 27 years. It has operated for 11 years in a building on Fillmore Street in the village.
Rick Hughes of HCR said the Highland Drive location was especially appealing because it offers nearly three times as much space and plentiful parking.
A pair of overhead doors will be added to allow easier access, and most remnants of the grocery store have already been removed from the building. The building will also be painted.
Some concerns were raised about possible problems with fumes linked to the painting operation, but commission member Bill Hamm quickly discounted that notion.
“We will not have any more odor problems than we have where he is now,” Hamm said.
The commission unanimously approved the permit with several conditions, including no outside storage of vehicles and equipment and a requirement that landscaping improvements be made to the rear of the property, which is along Highway 57.
The commission also backed a conditional-use permit for a high-performance automotive shop at 288 Meadowlark Rd. in the village’s industrial park.
Aaron Christensen intends to relocate his shop, Quantum Performance, which primarily services high-end performance vehicles, from Port Washington.
The building he plans to move into is being purchased by his in-laws, John and Judy Moschauser.
Commission members were concerned about the noise the shop would generate, especially when Christensen operates an in-ground dynamometer that is capable of simulating vehicle speeds of 140 mph at full throttle.
He told village officials he will attempt to address any noise issues with sound baffles and by enclosing the room that houses the dynamometer.
Among the conditions the commission placed on the business is that testing equipment can only be used between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Village President Don Dohrwardt said he was satisfied the restrictions in the conditional-use permit would make the business a welcome addition to the community.
“This is the type of business we would like to see in our industrial park,” Dohrwardt said.
Public hearings on both business plans drew virtually no critical comments from residents.
Image Information: VILLAGE MARKET, Fredonia’s only grocery store seen here in 2015, closed late last year. The Plan Commission last week approved a conditional use permit that will allow a painting business to operate on the Highland Drive property. Press file photo