MEQUON — Development of a
three-story medical office building continued to advance this
week as the Mequon Planning Commission and Common Council
approved revised plans for the building.
The Ryan Companies is
proposing to build the clinic on the east side of North Port
Washington Road at Venture Court on two existing lots, one of
which now houses an aging retail complex best known for the
Wooden Goose restaurant, which is relocating.
The developers, who also
are building a Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin clinic at Mequon
Road and Market Street, said they cannot yet discuss the tenant
for this building due to ongoing negotiations, but hope to soon.
After the Planning
Commission advanced the plans unanimously Monday, the Common
Council added its unanimous approval Tuesday after a brief
discussion highlighted with positive comments about the project.
Ryan Co. representatives,
along with their architect, returned to the Planning Commission
Monday to outline a variety of design changes they have made
since an initial presentation on the proposed 86,000-square-foot
building in late August.
The changes include an
increased setback between their property and an adjacent
business on the back side, increasing the amount of brick, a
slight reduction in the number of parking spaces, an increase in
green space that now exceeds city requirements, additional
landscaping, extending a public water main so it can be used by
the neighboring property owner, adding the possibility for
shared use of a storm water detention pond and widening an
“Overall, we’ve been
pleased with the progress that’s been made since the last
meeting,” Jac Zader, Mequon’s assistant director of community
development, told the Planning Commission Monday.
Mayor Dan Abendroth said he
appreciated how the developer took comments made by the Planning
Commission to heart and made many of the suggested changes.
Two nearby property owners
spoke, one in favor and one against.
Scott A. Nyholm, who owns
Nyholm & Associates, an accounting firm on Venture Court that
would be immediately next to the project, called it “a terrible
project for Mequon.” He repeated objections he made to the
Planning Commission in August.
“I would like to ask if
Mequon is trying to phase out small businesses,” he said. “This
is not going to increase the value of my property; it’s going to
He asked if the city was
looking to just add big-box buildings. Nyholm said he fears
runoff from the clinic’s parking lots will contaminate the well
water he now uses at his business.
“I have clients who are
looking to move out of the city of Mequon because they don’t
like this project,” he said.
John Mikkelson of Mikkelson
Builders, located just to the north of the proposed project,
said he was pleased to see the changes made by the developers.
He said he believes the project will increase his property
value. He predicted it will generate jobs “that are great for
Commissioner Brian Parrish
said he also liked the proposed changes and said the developers
were “overly accommodating with the neighbor.” He said he
believes that the project will attract families to the
Commissioner David Fuchs
called the proposed changes “a definite improvement,” although
he said he would prefer to see all of the brick on the building
be the same color. He added it is a nice addition to the
He said it is another step
toward making “Mequon a medical center of sorts in this part of
the state – in time, that will be to our benefit.”
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