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Shorewood Burger King getting modern look

A photo is shown along with schematics for the future appearance of the south elevation of Burger King at Route 59 and Jefferson Street in Shorewood.
A photo is shown along with schematics for the future appearance of the south elevation of Burger King at Route 59 and Jefferson Street in Shorewood.

SHOREWOOD – Shorewood trustees on Tuesday approved plans for a complete face-lift of the Burger King restaurant at Route 59 and Jefferson Street that would beautify the building and bring it up to date with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The refresh project will update the fast-food restaurant’s exterior and interior look to the national chain’s current brand. There will be alterations to the building facades and signage on the building.

Sidewalks, entrances and the parking lot also would be worked on. Community Development Director Karen James said a unique part of the project lies in the building’s materials.

“This is the first time we have a Nichiha product come in [to Shorewood],” James said. Nichiha is a fiber-cement exterior siding product.

A 1995 variance allows two free-standing signs, three wall signs and a free-standing sign exceeding 112 square feet for the main logo and marquee. A “Home of the Whopper” lettered sign would hang underneath the Burger King logo on the south side of the building.

The drive-thru part of the business would remain open during construction.

In addition to the planned improvements. Trustee Stevan Brockman asked about the exhaust coming from the building, which is clearly visible with Burger King’s current incarnation.

Burger King architect’s representative, Tracy Willie, said she will bring up the exhaust concerns with the restaurant planners.

Lenny’s Gas N Wash

Lenny McEnery came back to the village board Tuesday to request an amendment allowing a change to propane tank storage on the controversial gas station and car wash development.

The gas station is under construction at the intersection of Route 52 and River Road, but it is nearing the end stages of development, McEnery said.

The change relocates the propane dispenser and filling area to the north end of the development near a detention pond across the delivery access street to the gas station. It would be covered by an enclosure, matching the architectural elements of a shed or refuse enclosure that would be located just across the access drive.

Trustee Dan Anderson said he was concerned about conflict with the proximity of the propane tank from the shed.

The state fire marshal requires propane tanks to be a minimum of 15 feet from a building. But the shed is closer than that and could be considered a building because it can store items, Anderson said.

The village board unanimously approved the site plan amendment, subject to state fire marshal inspection, because it concerned only the propane tank enclosure.

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