The industrial corridor in Brookfield along 47th Street isn’t what you’d normally call a “resort” destination. Then again, you aren’t a dog.
On Sept. 21, the Brookfield village board paved the way for Bow Wow Beach Club, a canine daycare, boarding, grooming and training business, to move into the building at 9216 47th St.
Trustees voted unanimously to grant the business a special use permit to operate the business, confirming the unanimous support that the business received from the Plan Commission in August.
Exactly when the business will move into the building is unknown, because the building already houses a longtime tenant, Wayne Services Group, which does service work on retail gasoline pumps and convenience store cash registers.
Andy Polivka, the leasing agent for the property, said that he is negotiating with both parties to work out an agreement for the changeover. Polivka said that he began marketing the property after Wayne Services Group indicated that the company might not renew its lease.
Dan Gillespie, manager of Wayne Services Group, said the company has a lease at 9216 47th St. until Dec. 31.
“We really haven’t made a decision that we’re going to renew the lease or not,” Gillespie said.
Kathy Wakai and Jeff Ironside, owners of Bow Wow Beach Club, operate out of a 4,000-square-foot facility on Mannheim Road in Westchester. The 47th Street property is more than double that size, at 10,000 square feet, and is ideal for the business, Ironside said.
He is hopeful that a lease agreement can be worked out soon.
“I’m hoping to have everything ironed out in a few weeks,” Ironside said.
In the meantime, Bow Wow Beach Club will continue to operate at its Westchester location.
Car wash finally a go
Over a year after he first approached the village of Brookfield with a plan to renovate the Brookfield Express Car Wash at 9545 Ogden Ave., business owner William Klump breathed a sigh of relief after trustees on Sept. 21 voted unanimously in favor of the final planned development application.
Now he’s racing the calendar to start work before winter. The plan for the expanded car wash facility at the corner of Ogden and Eberly was being reviewed by B&F Technical, which the village uses as a consultant for final technical approval of building plans.
Klump said the firm’s review was due back on Monday.
“If it comes back reasonably clean, we could have a shovel in the ground by the end of [this] week,” Klump said. “It’ll take 10 to 12 weeks after we put the shovels in the ground, but we’ll be fighting the weather.”
As long as the new building can be under roof some time in November, Klump said that construction crews could finish the interior during the winter.
While the automatic car wash facility won’t be available during construction, the self-serve bays will be open for business. In anticipation of the work project, Klump said he dropped the price of the self-service bays to keep people coming back during construction.