South Milwaukee is getting closer to having an indoor youth soccer/futsal facility at the former AMF South Park Lanes.
The new owners of the site came before the South Milwaukee Plan Commission on Monday for a public hearing and discussion of their plans to convert the former bowling alley into a three indoor soccer/futsal fields, offering a local alternative to local soccer teams, especially area youth.
Here is NOW coverage from the meeting. The Plan Commission recommended approval of a conditional use permit for the facility, and the matter now heads to the full South Milwaukee Common Council for our May 1 meeting.
I want to thank those who spoke at the public hearing. There were a number of valid concerns raised, from traffic to safety and security to hours of operation to building appearance. The commission took those to heart and spelled out a number of conditions for the owners, to ensure this will be a development we can all be proud of. This includes no hours of operation after 10 p.m. and the closure of a service drive that was too often used as a connecting street through the property.
I’m excited about the prospects of this project. As the father of a youth soccer player, I know there is a shortage of indoor space for kids (and adults), validated at the meeting by the facility operator, a longtime member of the youth soccer community who plans to move his youth league to South Milwaukee.
The facility will also attract plenty of visitors to our city, which I love.
I’ll keep you posted as the ball continues to roll here.