Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Mequon clinic closer to a reality
Council OKs two items related to the Mequon Road parcel

By Gary Achterberg - News Graphic Staff

March 12, 2015

MEQUON — Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s plans to build a full-service clinic in Mequon cleared two significant hurdles Tuesday as the Common Council rezoned the property and lifted a deed restriction.

CHW wants to build a 42,500-square-foot clinic that would include all of its specialties on the southwest corner of Mequon Road and Market Street. The facility could open in a little over a year.

Common Council members approved the rezoning and removed a deed restriction placed on the property in 2006 in separate 5-2 votes. Connie Pukaite and Dale Mayr voted no; Pamela Fuhry-Adams was absent.

The deed restriction was placed on the property during the construction of the Jewish Community Center pool. It limited future development of the parcel to residential uses. The two other parties in that deed restriction, the JCC and Mequon Park Corp., have agreed to removing the restriction, said Kim Tollefson, the city’s director of community development.

The rezoning was structured in such a way that the only permissible use of the site is a medical office. The property also would not officially be rezoned until a building permit is issued, Tollefson said.

In addition to the action taken Tuesday by the council, the developer working with CHW, Ryan Companies, is also in discussions with the city’s Planning Commission about the architecture of the building and where the building and parking will be placed on the property. Those talks continued for a second monthly meeting Monday and possibly will come to a conclusion at the Planning Commission’s April meeting.

Much of the discussion Tuesday centered on traffic issues in the vicinity. Tollefson said a traffic study does not indicate that improvements are necessary at the Mequon Road and Market Street intersection. Several council members disagreed.

“I think this is a wonderful addition to Mequon. I’m not sure this is the right place to have it,” said council member Dale Mayr.

He suggested installing a traffic light at the intersection.

“It’s a terrible situation trying to get in and out of Market Street,” he said.

Representatives from Ryan Companies said CHW would welcome a traffic light at the intersection, but said they have learned the state Department of Transportation does not share that view.

Member Connie Pukaite said she could not support the rezoning.

“I was a party to the commitment the Common Council made many, many years ago,” said Pukaite, who previously served as mayor. “It’s a slippery slope ... we run the risk of abandoning people who expected us to maintain it as residential.”

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