A rendering shows new plans for
a vacant former Kmart site at 120 E. Sunset Drive.
The Plan Commission will hold a special meeting at
5:30 p.m. today to discuss whether to give final
approval to the updated plan.
WAUKESHA — Less than a week after essentially being sent
back to the drawing board by the Plan Commission,
prospective developers of a long-vacant Kmart site on Sunset
Drive have tweaked the design in hopes of getting a second
chance for approval.
Tonight, the Plan Commission will have a special meeting at
5:30 p.m., just prior to the Common Council meeting, to
discuss a final site plan for the property at 120 E. Sunset
Last week, the commission put the project on hold until the
prospective developers could bring back a more visually
interesting plan. Specifically, commissioners took issue
with the 115,857-square-foot building’s long, uninterrupted
Monday, Community Development Specialist Jeff Fortin said
architect Jeff Stowe submitted plans that include more
dimension for the front of the building, so it doesn’t
appear so long and flat.
“Staff thinks it breaks up the building a little more,”
Fortin said. “And there will be the two outlots, so we
believe we can get a bolder design out of them as well as
the 10,000-square-foot addition, since that will all be new
Fortin said staff will recommend approval, as it did with
the original plans, but of course it will be up to the
commission and ultimately the Common Council to make the
Fortin said the prospective developers want project
approvals wrapped up by the end of the year because they
hope to close on the sale of the building as soon as
Plans show the building being split into several units
depending on what types of tenants end up moving in. Broker
Jon Thoresen said if all goes as planned, the site will
eventually include a fitness center and more than one
At the last Plan Commission meeting, Commissioner Kevin
Larson said this new retail center could compete with The
Shoppes at Fox River if it’s handled appropriately —
especially since city money is involved.
Last month, the council approved
creating a tax incremental financing district on the site.
TIF District 22 will include an upfront
incentive payment of $2 million and a $600,000 pay-as-you go
TIF that will be paid back as the tax value is realized.
The site is assessed at $3.7 million,
but the developer’s agreement includes a provision that the
value will increase to $13 million.