The headline in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel sounded pretty positive:
A famous local fighter plans to open a wrestling academy in a former custom auto body and paint shop in Franklin
Good idea, right? take a vacant building and convert it into a promising small business.
Ah, but this is Franklin we’re talking about. Someone or some people have to come along and piddle on the idea.
Former Olympian and welterweight world champion Ben Askren (pictured above) has applied to the city of Franklin for a Special Use to operate a wrestling gymnasium and instruction use facility. The full Franklin Common Council takes up the matter at its meeting tonight (Tuesday).
By its own wording the city sends a clear message it plays hardball.
The packet for tonight’s meeting says the council will consider a motion to approve a resolution “imposing conditions and restrictions.”
If approved the facility would be subject to the following conditions and restrictions:
- That this Special Use is approved only for the use of the subject property by Benjamin M. Askren, Askren Wrestling Academy, LLC, successors and assigns, as a wrestling gymnasium and instruction use, which shall be developed in substantial compliance with, and operated and maintained by Benjamin M. Askren, Askren Wrestling Academy, LLC, pursuant to those plans City file-stamped April 1, 2020 and annexed hereto and incorporated herein as Exhibit A.
- Benjamin M. Askren, Askren Wrestling Academy, LLC, successors and assigns, shall pay to the City of Franklin the amount of all development compliance, inspection and review fees incurred by the City of Franklin, including fees of consults to the City of Franklin, for the Benjamin M. Askren, Askren Wrestling Academy, LLC wrestling gymnasium and instruction facility, within 30 days of invoice for same. Any violation of this provision shall be a violation of the Unified Development Ordinance, and subject to $15-9.0502 thereof and $1-19. of the Municipal Code, the general penalties and remedies provisions, as amended from time to time.
- The approval granted hereunder is conditional upon Benjamin M. Askren, Askren Wrestling Academy, LLC and the wrestling gymnasium and instruction use for the property located at 9760 South 60th Street: (i) being in compliance with all applicable governmental laws, statutes, rules, codes, orders and ordinances; and (ii) obtaining all other governmental approvals, permits, licenses and the like, required for and applicable to the project to be developed and as presented for this approval.
- Classes shall not begin before 5:30 PM or continue after 9:00 PM on weekdays.
- Class size shall be limited to 36 students.
- Class times shall be staggered by 30 minutes to allow for adequate turnover in the parking lot.
Why must classes be held beginning at 5:30?
Why can’t he hold classes during the morning and afternoon?
Why the limit on students? COVID perhaps? Still, it’s a limit on their ability to business.
Staggered class times mean time lost that could be instructional resulting in lost revenue.
BTW: Any violation of the above restrictions can result in a fine of up to $2,500.
There are other conditions as reported by the Journal Sentinel.
I’m not surprised. This is Franklin’s well-deserved crummy reputation.