With Madison’s East Washington Avenue in the midst of major repair, one local alder says the image of his neighboring community may require the most attention. Now, a small nightclub which plans to take its moves, as it prepares to make a move.
"I see East Washington Avenue as the gateway to the city of Madison. We should beautify this area," says Santiago Rosas. And as road construction on the thoroughfare continues, Madison's 17th district alder explains the effort involves eliminating some ugly problems with patrons of Visions Nightclub.
"They have ran into the neighborhood, in terms of speeding, there's been some fights, there's been cars squealing out, there has been an over parking here, and that has caused a lot of grave concern here from the residents," Rosas continues.
Rosas says "Visions" -- which claims "The Best in Burlesque" -- represents a part of the local neighborhood which has outgrown its locale, adding new restrictions preventing the club from opening prior to 6 p.m. will help.
"Naturally, we get crowds and there have been a few isolated incidents but they've been so far and few and between," says "Visions" owner, Tom Reichenberger, who adds the club has complied with city codes, explaining parking serves as the primary problem for his security staff.
"They tell 'em to park across the street, you know, where there is parking, and we're on top of that. You know, once in a while people complain but, you know, Jesus, you can't please everybody all the time," Reichenberger continues.
The long-time business owner says his leased lot only offers 16 parking spots, adding even residents of the building's seven apartments can't park there during business hours.
He also says he agrees with Rosas assessment which dictates the club must move.
Meanwhile, the alder describes "Visions'" relocation as part of a pending area redevelopment plan. "I think East Washington's gonna look just absolutely wonderful."
Reichenberger claims he's already had two meetings with the city's planning department, in an effort to expedite the relocation of "Visions."