Pewaukee Village President Jeff Knutson
hopes for new development at this Wisconsin Avenue site on
PEWAUKEE - If you have a business and are looking for a
vibrant location, Pewaukee Village President Jeff
Knutson wants to hear from you.
Nov. 13 Pewaukee Chamber of Commerce event, Knutson called upon
business owners to move their operations to downtown Pewaukee or
along Capitol Drive in the village - areas with potential for
growth as he sees it.
matter what business you have, bring it to the village,” Knutson
said in a phone interview Thursday. “Let’s talk about it.”
addition to observing untapped potential in those two key
business areas, Knutson is also aware of the need to grow the
tax base to keep taxes down.
taking that message to the chamber events and will share it with
the Pewaukee Kiwanis at their upcoming meeting.
comes to downtown Pewaukee near the lakefront, Knutson said
there is undeveloped land that is ripe for construction. He gave
the empty lot between the colorful, “main street” development by
Siepmann and a new building by Siepmann on Wisconsin Avenue as
also potential for redevelopment, he said. An idea Knutson likes
is constructing a building with retail on the first floor and
residential above because people like to be able to walk to
events and businesses.
open and excited about any business that would want to locate in
the downtown area,” Knutson said. “I get so excited; there is so
much potential down there.”
recent redevelopment project that Knutson highlighted is Mangold
Creative’s remodeling of the former Masonic Temple.
shows what people can do in developing property down there,” he
said he has heard proposals from business owners who are
considering opening along Capitol Drive, but nothing has been
finalized yet. The proposals have mostly been additional retail,
recruitment of businesses only recently began for Knutson so he
has yet to have discussions with most of the Village Board
members or the Pewaukee Chamber of Commerce and Positively
Pewaukee about his ideas. He said he has been focused on some
other business proposals, including for a small business to open
behind Aldi off Capitol Drive.
Waters, executive director of the Pewaukee Chamber of Commerce,
said Pewaukee is a great place to live and do business because
the village is easily accessible by the freeway and it has a
good mix of small, locally owned business near the lakefront and
larger, chain stores along Capitol Drive.
cited Mangold Creative as a great example of revitalization
efforts in Pewaukee.