Tires Plus Rolling Into Oak Creek

Proposal gets Common Council approval, though one aldermen calls it a "missed opportunity."

Tires Plus got the final OK from the Oak Creek Common Council Tuesday night to build an 8,500-square-foot facility on Howell Avenue.

The tire-change and auto-service business will be constructed at 8051 S. Howell Ave., on a vacant space just north of Sonic and east of Woodman's. 

Most aldermen spoke highly of the proposal and passed the measure 5-1. Alderman Dan Jakubczyk said the demand in the city for Tire Plus' services is there, and the business is a good fit for the neighborhood.

Alderman Ken Gehl disagreed, casting the lone vote in opposition. He called the proposal a "missed opportunity" due to its location next to the former Delphi site, on the corner of Howell and Drexel. 

With city officials planning a major redevelopment project at Delphi, Gehl said he was disappointed to see that type of business so close by, adding it had no synergy with the surrounding businesses. 

City officials tried to address aesthetic concerns through conditions of Tire Plus' conditional-use permit. The permit prohibits any outdoor storage, junked vehicles, tires or other products, and also requires all vehicles left overnight to be kept indoors.

The Plan Commission last month.

Connie Runge April 20, 2011 at 01:30 PM
We have a Tires Plus already in Oak Creek. It is in front of Menard's on 27th St. I think that instead of a hodge podge of business springing up, our city needs to look at a long term plan for this piece of PRIME property.
Resident of O.C. Paul April 20, 2011 at 05:32 PM
Yes, Oak Creek has a Tires Plus, in front of the Menard's on 27th Street. Southeast Milwaukee county has really been ignored when it comes to developing and attracting businesses, it would beat having to drive out to Greenfield, Brookfield, etc to get to some places. Besides I think South Milwaukee, Cudahy, and St. Francis residents would benefit from some development in SE Milwaukee County as well. Concerning the conditional-use permit. Does the city have the same rule for the aesthetics of used/new car lots, and auto salvage yards? If the city is so concerned about this with an auto repair business then it should be concerned with the same aesthetics of new/used car dealerships. I look at the hoops Hannah Trailers had to do to be able to set up an outdoor display for RVs, they are no different from a used/new car dealership. And for the synergy issue with the area, there is the Woodman's gas station/oil change facility not too far from where this Tires Plus will be. How can this be a Synergy problem when a gas station/oil change facility already exists in the area. All I see this as is a "Not in my back yard" issue. People that don't want things in their "back yard" must love traveling miles to get anywhere, and must love spending the money for gas to get there. I on the other hand love the convenience of having not to travel so far, saving the money I would have wasted in gas to buy food and other essentials, and to pay my bills.


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