Shorewood — The Shorewood Village Board rejected the notion of allowing business development on a small parcel of land at the northwest corner of Oakland and Edgewood avenues.
The land parcel in question consists of a bus station, some green space, one row of parking stalls and a portion of East River Park Court, which is an access road that connects several parking lots, River Park, two high-rise apartment buildings and the building anchored by Harry's Pub and Grill.
This southeastern portion of River Park was rezoned from parkland to business zoning as part of the 2006 Central District Master Plan. When the master plan was updated in 2014, multiple residents spoke in opposition to the two parking lots along Oakland Avenue being considered as a redevelopment site.
The Shorewood Plan Commission was asked to consider rezoning that parcel from business to parkland on Nov. 22, but commissioners voted 4-3 to preserve the business zoning. The Shorewood Village Board overlooked the commission's recommendation and unanimously voted on Jan. 3 to rezone the parcel as parkland, along with two other parcels in River Park. With the board's vote, all of River Park is now zoned as parkland.
The plan commission and village board both agreed that the other two parcels should be rezoned as parkland. One parcel includes the parking lot, which is under a restrictive covenant that limits the land for park and open space purposes. The other parcel, which includes the outfield of the baseball diamond and the northern half of the soccer field, had been zoned as planned development because a third high-rise apartment building was planned as part of the River Park apartment complex in the 1970s. That apartment was never built and was turned into parkland.