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Oconomowoc plan commission to take action on plans for Ale House restaurant

The developer of the proposed Milwaukee Ale House restaurant will present detailed plans for the project tonight, Aug. 13, to the city’s plan commission.

The presentation is part of the development process known as the major design review, and city planning staff recommended approval of the plans but wanted to postpone any action concerning one of the primary amenities on the property, according to a memo from City Planner Jason Gallo.

The area in question is referred to as the public plaza, near Summit Avenue and Valley Road, immediately adjacent to the proposed restaurant.

City staff was concerned that the proposed amenities on that strip of land, including an ornamental gate, a decorative archway and steel benches, did not conform to the “openness that was the original intent of the area,” according to the memo.

Several council members previously said they wanted some kind of water fountain in the public plaza area, and the plans submitted on Friday, Aug. 1, by the developer do not include that feature.

Detailed information on a time frame for the project and payment responsibilities will also be presented at the commission meeting.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in City Hall council chambers.

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