Whitefish Bay residents are pushing for a new plan to reopen Fox Bay Theater

Hundreds of Whitefish Bay residents have signed a petition for the village to reconsider its plans to refurbish and reopen Fox Bay's abandoned theater.

Hundreds of Whitefish Bay residents have signed a petition urging officials to reconsider their current proposal to refurbish and reopen Fox Bay’s abandoned theater.

Officials are considering giving developer New Land Enterprises one of their largest grants to refurbish the Fox Bay Theater Building in a three-stage phased plan. The proposal includes plans to renovate third-floor office space, lease street-level retail space and find a new operator for the abandoned cinema.

New Land is requesting $773,000 from the Downtown Incentive Grant program to fund the first two phases of the plan. If awarded, these funds would not be used to refurbish the theater. However, if a grant is awarded for the first two phases, that will not prevent Whitefish Bay from helping the theater with a future grant application.

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