Greenfield wants food wagons hidden from view

Sept. 21, 2012

A businessman who plans to convert an old farmhouse into a food-service business didn't get what he wanted from the Greenfield Common Council this week, but he thinks he may have a viable alternative.

The council on Tuesday rejected Craig Mengeling's request that he be allowed to move two food concession wagons onto the property at 5225 W. Forest Home Ave. when they are not in use at fairs and festivals.

The original proposal involved the use of a fence to shield the parked wagons from view. Instead, alderman favored the construction of a garage to fully shelter the food wagons.

However, based on what he heard from city officials, Mengeling said he now believes that by adding lattice work on top of an existing fence, one wagon will be sufficiently hidden. He also is considering an offer by a Franklin farmer who is willing to store the other wagon.

By making arrangements to use the church parking lot behind the property, Mengeling also believed that he had taken care of a vehicle parking concern aldermen also expressed. But whether that proposal is adequate is something he will discuss with city planning officials next week.

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