WAUKESHA — A
Kwik Trip planned for one of Waukesha’s busiest traffic areas
got the final go-ahead from the city Wednesday evening, but one
alderman was concerned the new station may make travel in the
area even more difficult.
The city’s Plan Commission voted 5-1 in favor of a final site
plan and architectural review for the Kwik Trip, to be built at
the southwest corner of Golf Road and North Grandview Boulevard.
In March, the commission granted unanimous preliminary approval
to the store’s site plan, architectural review and conditional
use permit, under the condition that staff and developers work
to address some aesthetic issues before the project returned for
Because it contained a permitted use, Community Development
Specialist Jeff Fortin said, the Common Council does not need to
vote on the project and, besides some final building permits,
the city’s role in it is finished.
However, Waukesha County is requiring a traffic study be
conducted in the area, and the project could be modified at that
level to allow for any necessary traffic improvements.
Despite the approval, not everyone on the commission agreed with
Alderman Peter Bartels, whose district encompasses the area the
new Kwik Trip will occupy, said he received several calls and
emails from his constituents opposing the plan.
He cast the lone dissenting vote against the project during
While some mentioned an overabundance of gas stations already in
the area — including another Kwik Trip on North Grandview
Boulevard and a Mobil on Silvernail Road — Bartels said every
message he received raised concerns about traffic volume.
“That whole area by the overpass and Silvernail (is one of the
busiest in the city),” Bartels said. “(At) 4:30 p.m., 5 p.m.,
5:30 p.m., it is terrible, I want to avoid it right now, and
they are going to put another traffic light out there according
to the traffic study.”
To handle the traffic from GE Healthcare, Country Springs Hotel,
Willow Run Golf Club and the West Wood Health & Fitness Center,
which are all located near the Kwik Trip site, Bartels said the
area already has six traffic signals from Northview to Golf.
If the county traffic study requires yet another, it would bump
the total to seven.
“It is just a concern everybody had, and I had as well,” Bartels
said. “I didn’t receive one call or have anybody come up to me
with any support for the project. So I had to go with what the