Trinity Irish Dance Studio ordered to vacate downtown Waukesha location
Inspection cites fire code violations
After conducting two inspections over the last couple of weeks at the Trinity Irish Dance Studio in downtown Waukesha, Fire Marshal Brian Charlesworth said there were "basic fire code problems."
As a result of these violations, it ordered the studio to vacate its 810 N. Grand Ave. location.
"When we got there, there were issues with exiting as there wasn't enough exit space," Charlesworth said. "They were also over capacity."
Charlesworth said the studio, located in the basement, "adds to the inadequacy" for its exits.
"That's not acceptable," he said.
Charlesworth explained that besides "the multiple fire code violations" the Fire Department also ordered the Trinity Irish Dancers to vacate the building, in accordance with state statute, because there was no occupancy permit from the City of Waukesha Building Department.
He said he spoke with Trinity officials and they voluntarily agreed to stop using the space.
"During the inspections, multiple fire code violations were observed which included but are not limited to building capacity, insufficient egress, insufficient exit signage and inappropriate interior finish," the Fire Department's "Order to Vacate Premises" Notification reads.
The notification says the issues need to be addressed through the occupancy permit process before the property can be reoccupied.
Berg Management is the landlord for the building and said Trinity Irish Dance Studio, which moved into that location in spring 2010, had a five-year lease.
General Manager Catherine Huelsman said the building "probably won't be rented" at this time as it needs to decide what to do with the space.
She said all commercial buildings are routinely inspected by the Waukesha Fire Department as part of normal business practices.
"Berg Management has always immediately complied with any changes requested by the Fire Department," Huelsman said. "In this case, the Trinity Irish Dancers have outgrown their current space and will now be moving to a larger location due to the group's success."
She said while "people weren't trapped" in the studio, the problem was that "the egress was too far of a distance to vacate."
When asked whose responsibility it is to file for an occupancy permit, Huelsman said that's "a gray area."
The space was previously used by Bank One.
"If the usage doesn't change much there's no need for one if the building had occupancy previously," Huelsman said. "The tenant didn't go in and get new ones. There wasn't a substantial change."
Berg Management has worked with the Trinity Irish Dancers to find a new home.
"We offered to show them other sites," Huelsman said. "It depends on what they need and want moving forward.
"We welcomed the Trinity Irish Dancers to downtown Waukesha. They have been a great asset to the downtown, often performing for Friday Night Live and other events. We would like them to stay in downtown Waukesha."
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