Board approves Arno Way street name

by Emmitt B. Feldner of The Review staff

ELKHART LAKE – The shortest street in the village now has a name – Arno Way.

The Village Board Tuesday approved that name for the street that runs between Rhine and Lake streets and in front of the Pledge Allegiance statue in the Village Park.

The name honors Arno Feldmann, who for many years operated a tavern in the commercial block that stood where the Village Park and Grashorn Municipal Building now stand.

The original proposal for the name came from several of Feldmann’s descendants, who still live in the village. They pointed out that a number of Arno Feldmann’s descendants were in the fire department and/or worked for the village.

The vote to name the street Arno Way was 5-1, with Trustee Lynn Shovan voting no. Shovan had suggested at earlier meetings naming the street Hollfelder Way to honor Tom and Bea Hollfelder, who donated the statue to the village.

The board approved a preliminary concept plan for the Victory Elkhart LLC development on the village’s north side.

The Planning Commission had recommended approval of the plan.

It was similar to a concept plan presented by Victory Elkhart to the Village Board last month, but with further detail added such as possible utilities locations.

Trustee Michael Wolf reported that the commission felt that the updated plan included the information the commission was looking for.

Approval of the concept plan was a condition of the rezoning the board granted last month for the first phase of the development, a 48-unit apartment complex on five acres in the northwest portion of the parcel.

Village Administrator/Clerk/ Treasurer Jessica Reilly reminded the board that the rezoning to R-2 multi-family from the current R-1 single-family was contingent on the approval of the concept plan.

The rezoning is still conditional on Victory Elkhart taking out a building permit for the project by Dec. 31, 2016.

The developers still need a conditional use permit for the proposed apartment building, since it requires a greater density than the village’s R-3 zone allows.

The village will be looking to utilize the existing tax incremental finance district two to pay for much of the infrastructure cost associated with the development and those figures still need to be worked out as well.

As the board gets ready to start the 2014 village budget process, Reilly reported that the village is on budget through the third quarter of the year.


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