The Buzz: Shenanigans to meet wrecking ball


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Reader question: Do you have any information on what is happening at the old Shenanigans in Sherwood? Noticed a sold sign has recently come down and there are a few more vehicles in the lot.

Answer: Shenanigans was purchased by the village on Oct. 16 for $100,000.

It will be torn down. The property will become part of a larger, long-term plan to develop a real downtown for Sherwood.

“We developed a master plan about two years ago, with a small town square planned behind the post office with parking around the town square. There will be shops along (State) 55/114 adjacent to the post office,” said Roger Kaas, chairman of the village’s Community Development Authority and vice president of the village board.

Shenanigans was a casual restaurant and bowling alley at N385 Military Road. It closed in June 2016. State records show the property was foreclosed and was owned by Fox Communities Credit Union.

“For the past few years, we’ve been acquiring property for redevelopment. Shenanigans was the last episode in that effort,” Kaas said.

The CDA previously bought and tore down three houses along Harrison Street and Clifton Road, and closed Clifton Road at State 55/114, which he said was a dangerous intersection.

With the Shenanigans’ land, the village will be able to redesign the traffic flow.

“When the property became available, we saw the opportunity to buy it and make a loop,” Kaas said.

The map overlay above shows the redevelopment area west of State 55/114.

In the redesign, the post office will stay. The future public square is at the center. It’s surrounded by roads, parking and existing buildings. Map colors refer to future commercial and residential development phases, with blue first, red second and green third.

See more on the plan by going to villageofsherwood.org, “village reports and plans” link on the left and “downtown master plan” link.

Kass said the Shenanigans’ building demolition will likely not take place until summer because equipment and furniture inside need to be liquidated first. “It’s a slow process. We’re just getting started,” he said.

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