West Bend business updates

By Dave Rank - Daily News

August 6, 2014

WEST BEND - Kevin Schultz plans to upgrade a downtown West Bend building he owns to attract a tenant.

On Tuesday night, the city’s Plan Commission approved the site plan for architectural changes to the buildings facade at 111 S. Main St., which is next door to Schultz’s Mountain Outfitters store at 109 S. Main St.

The building formerly housed a string of restaurants on the first floor, but was not leased out for many years.

“Initially, we bought it as an investment and possibly to expand (Mountain Outfitters) into,” Schultz said.

The site plan calls for replacing the store front windows on the South Main Street side of the building, removing the second- floor window and arched blocks, and replacing them with an arched window.

On the building’s west side, facing the Milwaukee River, a masonry veneer will be added and those windows replaced.

“New decks, steps and railing will replace the existing ones,” according to the report presented to the commission by city Business and Development Planner Jim Reinke.

“The overhead door on the lower level will be replaced with new wood barn-style doors. Goose neck lighting will be also added on the rear side of the building,” Reinke wrote.

“We’ll get it up to what I want then we’ll see what kind of tenants would be interested,” Schultz said.

Fuel Power Sports

Jepson Brothers LLC wants to move its Fuel Power Sports shop into a new building.

On Tuesday night, Plan Commission members added their blessing to the powered recreational vehicles retailer’s plan to construct a 25,000-square-foot store. It will be at the intersection of Woodcrest Ridge and Rusty Court near highways 33 and Z in the town of West Bend.

Fuel Power Sports now is in leased space at 4345 Highway 33, next to Keith’s Marina Inc., said Brad Egan, architect at Design 2 Construct Development Corp., Jackson.

West Bend has extraterritorial review of the project because it is located in the city’s planning area.

Big Rivers Ltd.

Big Rivers Ltd, 6441 Highway 144, will construct a larger office building in the town of West Bend.

The manufacturer of trailers and boat lifts wants to move from a small metal building into a new 4,400 square-foot corporate office, Egan said.

The office building will be on Dollar Drive, just off of Highway 144.

On Tuesday night the commission OK’d the construction project.

West Bend has extraterritorial review of the project because it is located in the city’s planning area.

Windshield Centers

Windshield Centers will open an auto glass replacement shop at 3800 S. River Road.

On Tuesday night, the commission approved a conditional use permit to allow the business to open in an area of the city zoned for heavy industrial use.

The business will have five employees, according to city Business and Development Planner Jim Reinke.