Ashwaubenon Plan Commission approves virtual reality arcade
By Annette Aubinger
ASHWAUBENON – Ashwaubenon’s Plan commission acted on a request Tuesday, Nov. 14, by Anthony Reale for a conditional use permit to operate an indoor commercial recreation facility (Virtual Reality Arcade) facility located at 2642 Packerland Drive Suite 1.
Reale currently operates a video production company known as Creative Edge Productions located at 2642 Packerland Drive Suite 1. This location is a multi-tenant building with the other tenant being a retail hockey store.
Reale is proposing to convert a portion of their existing tenant space that is underutilized into a virtual reality arcade. This property is currently zoned Light Industry (I-1) which the Village Zoning Code requires a conditional use permit to operate an “indoor commercial recreation” facility in the I-1 zoning district.
There has been more of a trend over recent years for the buildings fronting Packerland Drive to be more of a commercial use and less of an industrial use and along with this building containing video production and hockey retail facilities, this would be a similar type use for that area.
Parking for the facility is adequate.
The conditional use to operate a virtual reality arcade as an indoor commercial recreation facility was approved by commission members.
William Charles Court
Three agenda items came before the commission regarding William Charles Court. The first was action on a request from Nick Badura with Sketchworks Architects (agent for Jeff Slinde, Village Center LLC) for final planned unit development ordinance located on William Charles Court and Marvelle Lane.
The requested final PUD overlay ordinance is to support a multi-phased redevelopment project on Village-owned property on William Charles Court and a future north-south street connecting to Marvelle Lane.
The Village of Ashwaubenon originally purchased the properties and cleared the site for redevelopment consistent with the vision in the village’s comprehensive plan and urban design guidelines. Five buildings are proposed.
The first two buildings proposed to be constructed are identified as “Building no. 1” and “Building no. 2” in the applicant’s site plan submittal. Both buildings are to be five stories with 67 units each, including studio, one bedroom, two bedroom, and three-bedroom units.
Building no. 1 will include a leasing office, while both buildings will include a rooftop community room and outdoor deck.
As depicted in the overall site plans, the buildings have minimal setbacks from the streets, consistent with the goals of the urban design guidelines for the Village Center Area.
As depicted in the site plan submittal, exterior materials for Building no. 1 will consist of veneer stone on the first story and half with LP Smartside lap siding, metal architectural panels, and veneer stone vertical accent bands comprising the rest of the building.
Each unit will also have an exterior balcony or patio. Balcony decking will be a plastic resin product (Trex) with powder coating railings.
The commission had no questions. The final PUD was approved.
The next request was action on Resolution No. R11-1-17 regarding the vacation of a portion of William Charles Court.
The village of Ashwaubenon originally purchased properties along William Charles Court and has cleared the site for redevelopment consistent with the vision in the village’s comprehensive plan and urban design guidelines.
The vacation of this portion of the roadway would not affect any other properties or businesses as it is surrounded by properties currently owned by the village.
There is a new portion of north/south public roadway being constructed to connect the remainder of William Charles Court to Marvelle Lane.
The initial resolution is scheduled to go to the Village Board on Nov. 28 with a public hearing scheduled for the final resolution for Jan. 23.
The plan commission approved the resolution.
The last piece of business for William Charles Court was action regarding a 4-Lot Certified Survey Map.
The requested 4-Lot Certified Survey Map (CSM) is to facilitate the multi-family apartment project proposed by Village Center LLC (Slinde Realty) on village-owned property at William Charles Court and Marvelle Lane.
The CSM is requested in concert with a vacation of the William Charles Court cul-de-sac.
The subject CSM will combine a total of 18 small parcels into four large parcels and create a dedicated right-of-way for a new north-south street connecting the east end of William Charles Court to Marvelle Lane.
As the lots are being combined and no new parcels are being created, no park fee is required.
The CSM was approved.
The owners of The Heel are the also the owners of the property located at 2973 Allied Street and over the past few years have remodeled the rear portion of the building for their facility.
They are proposing to remove the existing freestanding sign at the rear of the property and construct a new sign at a location closer to the adjacent roadway (Waube Lane and Interstate 41 off ramp).
The new proposed sign is much more architectural in nature and proposed at 249.41 square feet (of actual sign area) and 30 feet overall height.
Village ordinance allows a “Freeway Sign” to be a maximum of 200 square feet and 45 feet in overall height.
The Plan Commission may grant an exception “to increase by not more than 50 percent the maximum area of any permitted sign.” The request for the additional approximately 50 square feet falls within this authorized exception.
The property owners requested the exception to install the electronic message center (EMC) of 49.69 square feet.
This request was approved by the site plan committee on Nov. 7 with the conditions that the metal panels at the base of the sign has concealed fasteners and a landscape bed is installed around the base of the sign.
The plan commission approved the request with the same conditions as the site plan.