City Plan Commission approves church expansion
By Angie Landsverk
Bonnie Timm will open a new greenhouse and garden center on Waupaca’s west side by May.
Bonnie’s Bloomers will be located at 200 Foxfire Drive.
Timm recently purchased the 2.2-acre lot, which is next to Waupaca Ale House.
Waupaca’s City Plan Commission approved Timm’s site plan for the property during its March 9 meeting.
Brennan Kane, the city’s development director, said Timm is splitting off from Silver Mist Garden Center and starting her own greenhouse.
“I’ve been working with Bonnie extensively over the last couple months,” he told the commission.
Timm said the first of two planned greenhouses will begin to be constructed in April.
She expects it to be up by the end of April, or the beginning of May at the latest.
“There will be one greenhouse this spring,” Timm told the commission. “The second one will be within the next year.”
Construction of the 2,000-square-foot store will begin in June, with its completion planned by the end of summer.
Since a greenhouse is considered an accessory structure, Kane explained how it requires a principle structure on the property.
With Timm wanting the greenhouse to be open before the construction of the store begins, she requested the plan commission allow for that timeline to occur.
Kane told the commission the city is OK with the greenhouse going up first, with the condition that the store be up by the end of this year.
The commission agreed.
“I think it’s an exciting project for her, and I think it’s an attractive project to (State Highway) 54 and Foxfire Drive,” Kane said.
The plan commission also approved the site plan for an addition to Calvary Chapel of Waupaca, when it met on March 9.
The church, which is located at 615 W. Union St., plans to construct an approximately 3,800-square-foot addition to the building’s east side.
The addition will be primarily used for a new sanctuary space, with the project to also include the remodeling of the narthex and bathrooms in the existing facility.
This property received a special use permit in 2007 to operate as a church and parochial school. It is the site of the former Westwood Elementary School.
Last year, the church received a variance to reduce the front yard setback along South Morton Street from the required 25 feet to 20 feet.
That action was to facilitate the construction of the addition.