The future of the proposed The Ruckus restaurant is in doubt after a rezoning ordinance failed to receive enough votes from the Wauwatosa Common Council.
Due to a protest petition filed with the city by the property owners adjacent to the site, the vote required three-quarters of the council to vote in favor of a zoning change that would make the lot approved for a business. When five of the 16 aldermen voted against the ordinance, approval for Ruckus developers to proceed with their plan was denied.
The parcel at 8334 W. North Ave. has been dormant since a gas station closed over a year ago. Colectivo is the developer that was intent on opening a burger and custard stand in the MidTown Tosa location.
In previous meetings regarding the project, neighbors have expressed concerns about things such as exhaust, parking, hours of operation and potential loss of property value.
The final tally of votes was six opposed and 10 in favor after alderman Joel Tilleson changed his vote from being in favor to being opposed, enabling him to bring a motion to reconsider the matter at the next council meeting.
City Attorney Alan Kesner said in order to bring the motion to reconsider, Tilleson had to amend his vote and he needed to do so before the presiding officer, Mayor Kathy Ehley, announced the vote total.
Other council members voting against the zoning change were Michael Walsh, Nancy Welch, Tim Hanson, John Dubinski and James Moldenhauer.
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