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Kleemans plan to rebuild tavern lost in Jan. blaze
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By Tere Dunlaptdunlap@ themonroetimes.comNEW GLARUS - A new Kleeman's tavern already has a site plan, less than three months after the original structure was destroyed in a fire Jan. 2.The New Glarus Plan Commission approved the new site plan Thursday, allowing Gregg and Erin Kleeman to go forward with their plans to rebuild the tavern and the apartment above it in downtown New Glarus.The commission's approval is contingent on approval of a few variances, according to New Glarus administrator Nicholas Owen. The site plan will go to the Village Board for approval April 5, and a special meeting of the Plan Commission will be held on April 7 to consider the variance requests. One variance the Kleemans are asking for is to construct a stairway at the rear of the building for an emergency exit.A fast-moving fire at about midnight Jan. 2 completely destroyed Kleeman's Bar and Grill and the family apartment above it, located at 115 5th Ave. NW in New Glarus.