Update of zoning code required to clear way for proposal, officials say
When the Village of Fredonia’s Plan Commission met last summer, Cedarburg businessman Gus Wirth floated the notion of converting a vacant building on the east end of Fredonia Avenue into a community-based residential facility.
Those plans have been dropped, but a new use for the 7,400-square-foot building Wirth manages for his family could still be in the offing.
He appeared before the Village Board last month, asking if officials would be receptive to converting the building to a fitness center.
Wirth asked if such a use would be permitted under the existing business zoning.
Village President Don Dohrwardt said fitness centers are not specifically listed under permitted uses for the property’s zoning, but said that does not preclude the use.
“A lot of businesses have become common since we wrote our code,” Dohrwardt said, noting that the code was last updated in 1979.
“I would think a use like you are proposing would fall in line with a lot of other uses allowed under that zoning.”
Over the years, Dohrwardt said the building at 111 Fredonia Ave. has been a private residence, a restaurant, a tavern and most recently a day-care center.
Wirth said he hoped village officials could clear the way for the fitness center without having to wait for trustees to revamp the entire zoning code.
While the code makes no mention of the use in business districts, health clubs are permitted on properties with manufacturing zoning.
Dohrwardt discussed the proposal at Monday’s Plan Commission meeting and encountered little opposition.
No formal request has been brought to the village.