Meijer gets nod of approval from Plan Commission

By Matt Masterson - Freeman Staff

 August 14, 2014

WAUKESHA - A Meijer supermarket appears to be on the horizon for the city of Waukesha.

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 approved.

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 said.

He added that it takes about a year to build a Meijer store.

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.