Some neighbors of the 5 Diamonds Fields baseball complex in Waukesha are complaining that the baseball diamond is staying operational later than the hours permitted under the conditional use permit granted by the Town of Waukesha. The primary complaint is the lighting from the baseball diamonds.
Tom and Lisa kelenic believe that they have been under unnecessary scrutiny from neighbors and the Town Board from the early stages of developing the 40 acre, multi-million dollar baseball complex located on Les Paul Parkway. Tom Kelenic and Greg Beatty designed and developed the youth baseball complex because the area was in need of a place for kids to play games and championship series softball.
The project started in May of 2011 when Kelenic and Beatty bought about 60 acres located just south of the Les Paul Parkway between Sunset Drive and East Avenue in the Town of Waukesha. However, development of the 5 Diamonds Fields was incumbent on the development and sale of six residential lots contained within 17 acres of the 60 acre parcel. The lots ranged from $140,000 to $165,000, and if just one lot didn’t sell the 5 Diamonds project would not have happened.
The sale of the residential lots paid for the land purchase, as well as the $200,000 cost in infrastructure improvements that were needed for the subdivision. In addition to the land sales, an additional $2 million dollars of investment was necessary for the playing and practice facilities. Costs for the lighting alone were $300,000. “Greg and I are not millionaires,” said Kelenic. “We are not big-time developers. We took this on because we saw the community needed it, the kids needed it.”
Neighbor Sandy Hamm contends that the Kelenics and 5 Diamonds co-owner Greg Beatty are constantly violating the 9:30 pm deadline in which the complex lights are supposed to be turned off. As a result Hamm states that the lights are bothering him and other neighbors, and that 5 Diamonds should follow the rules established under their conditional use permit.
A meeting with the Town Board to address the issue has been scheduled.Share this post via: