Preliminary work is
nearly complete that will allow the opening of a small
batch dairy production operation in Richfield.
Village officials earlier this year approved site,
building and operations plans for the project, which
will be called Lake 5 Food Mart. The operation will be
at 106 Highway 164, just north of Highway Q.
Multigenerational Hartford area farmer Kurt Schwendimann
has been working with village officials for more than a
year to allow a dairy operation at the site along with
the sale of food-related products. Schwendimann was also
granted a conditional use permit by village officials to
go ahead with the project, which will be at a former
church and several businesses.
“It’s taken him some time to get the other things
accomplished he needs to have done in order to begin any
construction,” Richfield Village Administrator Jim Healy
said. “We’re in the process of completing the work on
his certified survey map. When that’s done, the
additional land that he also purchased, and that is
separate right now, will all become one large property.”
Healy said Lake 5 Food Mart needs administrative
“We’ve already got all of the fees calculated and once
those are paid after the CSM is approved he can move
ahead with construction,” Healy said.
Bill Burkhart, president of Skyline Development, which
is managing the project, said he expects to receive news
next week that will determine when construction will
“We’re waiting for the expected final approval from the
lender on the project,” Burkhart said. “We should have
the final word on that by around Wednesday and after
that we can really move ahead. This is a very exciting
In 2013, the village changed the zoning of the property
to allow Schwendimann to acquire his conditional use
permit, which he was granted earlier this year. The land
surrounding the building is zoned for agricultural use
so he can grow crops there.
Schwendimann wants to build a 30,000-square-foot barn on
the property, which would house 200-250 dairy cattle. He
owns the cattle, which will be moved from other land he
Milk from the cows would be used to make dairy products,
including cheese, yogurt and butter. He also wants to
construct greenhouses to allow the growing of produce
and other food items.
Schwendimann plans to have space in the main building to
serve food, operate a delicatessen and a specialty