LAKE HALLIE, Wis. (WEAU) -- For the past year, Heather Marble has been working to convert a Lake Hallie building into a neighborhood bar and grill.
“I started looking at this real estate about a year ago. Basically, what I wanted to do was have a neighborhood restaurant,” says Marble.
Marble says the Jehovah ’s Witness facility is prime real estate because of the highway access.
“The biggest issue would be that it is strictly a zoning issue with the Village of Lake Hallie. It is up to the committee whatever business goes in here; it still has to be zoned commercial.
According to Chippewa County Zoning Director, Doug Clary, the property must be rezoned from residential to highway commercial, but the potential bar is worrying neighbors.
“We're not happy. We're actually very distraught over it. We like it the way it is. We don't want it to be changed,” says Sandra Hutton, a Lake Hallie Resident.
“We're not for this. It's a residential area. Why do we want a restaurant or a bar?” says LaVerne Guckenberg of Lake Hallie.
“I think it might upset some, but I think after it gets going I don't think there is going to be an issue,” says Carrie Petska, who lives near the property.
“I live in this neighborhood, and I want to work with the people who live around here. I want to be a neighborhood bar. I am not a multimillion dollar corporation; I care about this area. I want to bring business and revenue to this area. I think it needs it, we don't have a lot in this area,” says Marble.