WAUKESHA - After a
lengthy discussion, the final site plan for a proposed
200,000-square foot Meijer store at the corner of Sunset Drive
and Tenny Avenue was approved by the Common Council.
Members of the
council discussed and debated for more than an hour Tuesday
night before eventually coming to an 11-3 decision in favor of
the site plan and architectural Planned Unit Development
earned the approval of the city’s Plan Commission last week with
the added recommendations that the developers consider flipping
around the gas station that is to be built on the site off of
Much of the
discussion Tuesday night focused on a study provided by Brian
Randall, an attorney representing Meijer, which showed the
sightline for residents along Sunset Drive would likely be above
the headlights from cars pulling into the 24-hour fuel station.
Added trees and shrubbery would also be put in place to help cut
down any lights that might otherwise shine on local homes.
council members were not convinced.
“When I am
looking at this, I am not taken on it, I am not falling for what
they are saying,” Alderman Eric Payne said. “Some of what they
are saying is true, but the shrubbery and the trees you are
showing, we are talking about 10 years out before those things
do any sort of shading.”
of the area have asked that the fuel station be scrapped
entirely at past meetings, including last week’s Plan Commission
Johnson pointed out that the station is allowed in the zoning of
the property, but said he hoped that developers would still
consider flipping around the station - so it would be pointed
toward the Meijer store - believing that would reduce the
potential for problems with the lights.
Kathleen Cummings reiterated that the discussion about the
validity of the gas station had long since been put to rest.
“The battle on
whether or not this site was going to be developed was lost a
year ago when the summons was changed - it was on that night
when the gas station was allowed,” Cummings said. “So tonight,
you are either going to support the project or you’re not.”
She did not -
voting against the plan along with Payne and Johnson.
four other Meijer stores are already under construction and are
expected to be opened sometime in 2015.
looking forward to final approval this evening here in Waukesha
so Meijer can become a property owner here in the city, close
down their real estate transaction and ultimately start building
the store on Sunset Drive,” he said.