More than a month after the owners of Five Diamonds Inc., requested with the state to be annexed into the City of Waukesha, the city’s Plan Commission took up the issue at its meeting last week at City Hall and voted to recommend the annexation. While a bad relationship could end with the Town, another could begin if the Common Counsel makes the final approval.
The 5 Diamonds baseball complex located at W234 S3555 Les Paul Parkway opened earlier this year and there has been anything but a positive relationship between its owners, Town of Waukesha officials, and the neighbors in the area.
How 5 Diamonds Began
Due to the lack of nearby baseball facilities for the Waukesha Blazers organization, 5 Diamonds owners Tom Kelenic and Greg Beatty first proposed the $2 million project in May 2010. Ground was broken in the summer of 2011, and 5 Diamonds officially opened this spring with concerns from neighbors regarding the lights at the fields. Since then there have been numerous complaints. The Waukesha Blazers organization and Catholic Memorial High School are the primary users of the facility. However, tournaments also drew teams from across the Midwest and state with more scheduled for next season. Later this season they hosted a “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Event” fundraising event.
Town of Waukesha Planner Roger Dupler said at an August Town Board meeting that there have been 40 violation complaints of keeping the lights on for a half-hour after baseball games, and 13 complaints of starting games earlier than agreed upon in the conditional use permit. Although no citations were issued to 5 Diamonds, neighbors vehemently contend that there needs to be compliance with the conditional use permit that the facility agreed upon. It is due to these complaints that owners of 5 Diamonds sought to have the facility annexed into the City of Waukesha. Mayor Jeff Scrima said the Council will take action on this item at its meeting November 8th at Waukesha City Hall.
In conjunction to the request from 5 Diamonds, the Plan Commission also reviewed and approved a petition from A.W. Bryant to annex 3.34 acres west of Milky Way Road and south of Sunset Drive from the Town of Waukesha into the City of Waukesha.
Mayor Scrima said the Commission also recommended the rezoning of the acres from temporary zoning to park zoning and recommended the amending of the land use plan from residential to park.
While not finalized yet, Scrima said he is looking forward to the potential partnership with Five Diamonds.
“What we’re getting here in the amount of green space and common land for the public to use for generations is outstanding,” Scrima said. “And all of our communication with Kelenic, Beatty, and the Bryant’s has been positive.” Scrima added that he is even more excited about this potential development because it goes along with the land that the city now owns that is east of Five Diamonds for future park use.
Concerning Complaints if the Common Council Approves
Scrima said if the council approves the annexation, the plan commission will then set up a new conditional use permit for Five Diamonds and the Bryants’ property.
“The Town has a different process and different requirements than the city,” Scrima added. “Five Diamonds ownership and management will understand that they will be required to follow all city regulations.”
“We are a community with a very well-developed parks system and a very experienced community development staff fully capable of taking this on and look forward in assisting in the development of this family-friendly space,” Scrima stated.Share this post via: