WAUKESHA - A Meijer
supermarket appears to be on the horizon for the city of
At its meeting
Wednesday night, the Plan Commission unanimously approved the
final site plan and architectural planned unit development
review for a 200,000-square foot store to be built on East
Sunset Drive. A certified survey map was also unanimously
City Planner Jennifer Andrews said the
Michigan-based company has made changes to its initial plan
since last month’s meeting, including changing columns along the
back elevation of the proposed building from stone to brick.
Brian Randall, an attorney representing Meijer at
the meeting, said since last month’s meeting, the company has
already begun construction on four stores in the area - in
Wauwatosa, Grafton, Kenosha and Oak Creek.
“Meijer is looking forward to the Waukesha store
being one of its next local interests, and with the tools we are
seeking, will be in position to do that in the upcoming year,”
He added that it takes about a year to build a
The commission also agreed that the 98 bike
parking spaces required by the city was excessive, with Mayor
Shawn Reilly suggesting that 30 would be more appropriate.
Locals had complained about possible light
pollution from a 24/7 market and one resident asked Wednesday
that Meijer reconsider a gas station which would be located
on-site at the store.
Randall said the store will turn off half of its
lights during late-night hours to help cut down any potential
light pollution, but made no comment about removing the gas
station from the plan.
Last month, the Common Council approved, in a 7-3
vote, a request to widen a portion of Sunset Drive close to the
future Meijer development at a cost of $950,000 to the city,
with the balance provided by developers. The money will be
included in the 2016 Capital Improvement Plan budget.