NOW:53129:USA00949
http://widgets.journalinteractive.com/cache/JIResponseCacher.ashx?duration=5&url=http%3A%2F%2Fdata.wp.myweather.net%2FeWxII%2F%3Fdata%3D*USA00949
21°
H 21° L 20°
Partly Cloudy | 8MPH

Southridge owner may ban county buses because of noise, other concerns

Jan. 12, 2012

Milwaukee County buses may be banned from Southridge Mall in Greendale starting next month, because of noise and other concerns raised by the Indianapolis-based owner of the mall.

Simon Property Group has told the county and Milwaukee County Transit System that the four bus routes that now serve the mall won't be able to use mall parking lots for picking up and dropping off mall-bound passengers.

That will mean a long hike to the mall entrances from buses that drop off passengers at stops along S. 76th St. and other surrounding thoroughfares. The four regular bus routes that serve the mall provide about 1,200 rides a day.

The only specific problem raised by the mall owner was bus noise complaints from mall neighbors, according to a county memo. County officials said they had no documents spelling out other concerns, but expressed skepticism that noise was the only issue.

Supervisor Michael Mayo Sr., the chairman of the County Board's Transportation, Public Works and Transit Committee, said he found the complaint about bus noise odd.

"It's amazing if that's the case," Mayo said. "We didn't have any noise concerns in the past."

He wants to learn more from the company, as well as community members, about the threatened halt to bus service to the mall entrances at a hearing before the board committee Wednesday.

Mayo said if the mall owner holds firm on a bus service ban to Southridge entrances, that would likely violate the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.

Donald Natzke, the director of the county's Office for Persons with Disabilities, said in a letter to the mall's manager that the action would create problems for blind or visually impaired bus riders or others with physical limitations if they're forced to make the trek from the edge of the mall property.

Those bus riders would "face a significant risk to their health" by having to negotiate parking lots on foot or in wheelchairs, Natzke wrote.

The mall is obligated to assure "reasonable access" to people with disabilities, Natzke said.

Lloyd Grant, managing director of the transit company, and Jacqueline Janz, a transit firm spokeswoman, declined to comment Thursday.

Simon Property Group also made a pitch for a payment to the mall firm to continue to allow buses to use the mall's outer ring road, according to the county memo. No figure was listed.

The mall company also wants the county to sign a legal agreement absolving the mall owner from any legal liability linked to bus service, the memo said without providing any elaboration.

Les Morris, a spokesman for Simon Property Group, would say only that the firm hoped to resolve issues on the bus service with the county.

The company is the largest commercial U.S. shopping mall owner, according to Bloomberg News.

Southridge was built in 1970. With 1.2 million square feet, it is Wisconsin's largest mall.

This site uses Facebook comments to make it easier for you to contribute. If you see a comment you would like to flag for spam or abuse, click the "x" in the upper right of it. By posting, you agree to our Terms of Use.

Suburban News Roundup

E-mail Newsletter

Your link to the biggest stories in the suburbs delivered Thursday mornings.


Enter your e-mail address above and click "Sign Up Now!" to begin receiving your e-mail newsletter
Get the Newsletter!

Login or Register to manage all your newsletter preferences.

Community Watch

» Oak Creek girls handle Franklin to take two-game lead in Southeast 1/30

» Yetka's late lay-up rallies Oak Creek boys to victory over Franklin, 41-39 1/30

» Free women's self-dense seminar in March 1/30

» Oak Creek man who killed wife of 55 years sentenced to 8 years in prison 1/30

» Franklin High Senior Mara Matovich to represent Wisconsin in U.S. Senate Youth Program 1/29

» Answers and winners of the Suburban Selfies contest revealed! 1/29

» Oak Creek's Meijer will open in August 1/29

» Drexel Town Square's Emerald Row apartments lauded for 'urban and pedestrian feel' 1/28

» Oak Creek High School may add boys volleyball, girls golf 1/28

» Greendale High School to host regional FBLA leadership conference 1/28

» Cudahy Sportsmen's Club to hire consultant for cleanup plan 1/27

» OCFSD school board member resigns 1/27

» Franklin police investigate home invasion of 83-year-old woman's Oakwood Road residence 1/27

» DNR orders cleanup of debris from shooting range on Lake Michigan 1/26

» Robert Sweetgall, the 'real Forrest Gump,' to lead two public sessions in Greendale 1/26

» With Mia Famiglia in Hales Corners closed, the chef prepares for a restaurant in downtown Waukesha 1/26

» Owners are reportedly closing Mia Famiglia in Hales Corners to a open new restaurant in Waukesha 1/23

» Chick-fil-A seeks Oak Creek's Drexel Town Square for new restaurant 1/22

» Azura Memory Care seeks to build 13th Wisconsin location in Oak Creek 1/20

» Alyson Dudek of Hales Corners will compete on "The Amazing Race" with boyfriend 1/20

» Forum evaluates six Greendale School Board candidates entering primary election 1/15

» Suburban Selfies contest extended through Jan. 25; two selfie solutions to get you started! 1/15

» Assisted living developers pursue Oak Creek neighborhood for facility 1/13

» With no buyer, YMCA to close South Shore facility in Cudahy Updated:  1/13

» Franklin horse farm sold to developer 1/13

View All Posts Got a tip? Welcome rss

Advertisement

Advertisement

Local Business Directory

CONNECT