City considers loan for Affiliated Clinical

By DAVE RANK - Daily News

Oct. 21, 2014

A decision to provide a low-interest revolving loan to help Affiliated Clinical Services build its $1.4 million office building on a vacant lot downtown will be made by city officials at a special Common Council meeting Oct. 28.

On Oct. 7, the cityís Plan Commission approved Affiliated Clinical Servicesí site plan for a 7,496-squarefoot office building at 111 E. Washington St., on the southwest corner of Wisconsin Street, which is east of the Eisenbahn State Trail and the Wisconsin Museum of Wisconsin Art.

The project for the 1.26acre site includes a 60-stall parking lot. Access will be from Wisconsin Street.

The site is part of the cityís Tax Incremental Financing District 5, which also includes Wisconsin Street developments River Bend Townhomes, Dublinís Restaurant and the former Westbury Bank building on the northeast corner of South Main and Walnut streets.

According to information provided by City Hall on Friday, the eight aldermen will meet as a committee- of-the-whole for a closed session of the Finance Committee to deliberate on the investment of public funds for the project and in open session make a recommendation for a final vote.

After the Finance Committee meeting, the aldermen and mayor will meet as the Common Council for that final vote.

West Bend offers two revolving loan funds.

It created the $1 million Business Development Revolving Loan Fund as an economic development program in 2012, offering lowinterest loans from $20,000 to $100,000.

The cityís Commercial Revolving Loan Fund was created in 1999, providing small business loans up to $15,000 to encourage downtown businesses to improve their properties and create new jobs per project. The fund has more than $100,000 available.

In both programs, the loans are repaid with interest, with the money used to fund future business development loans.

With the facility, Affiliated Clinical Services will retain 11 jobs in the city and add seven positions, West Bend City Administrator T.J. Justice told the Plan Commission last month.

The museumís Board of Directors has asked the city that the Affiliated Clinical Services development include sufficient landscaping screening to shield the museumís developing sculpture garden and the trail next door.

Affiliated Clinical Services leases space at 400 W. River Drive, which will be given up when the larger facility is built.

Affiliated Clinical Services provides outpatient treatment in the areas of mental health and chemical abuse. It also has a clinic in Hartford.