Commission approves preliminary plans for Oberlin facility
Expected to create some 25 new jobs

By Sarah Pryor - Freeman Staff

April 10, 2014

 Outgoing Mayor Jeff Scrima (third from left) presides over his final Plan Commission meeting Wednesday night.   
Sarah Pryor/Freeman Staff  

WAUKESHA - Plans for Oberlin’s 92,000-square-foot facility at the corner of Silvernail and Bluemound roads are moving forward, as the Plan Commission unanimously approved rezoning and preliminary plans for the site Wednesday evening.

The filter manufacturer is proposing a two-phase project, with the first phase to be constructed immediately.  This will consist of a space for manufacturing, a lab and an office that will house the company’s corporate headquarters, said City Planner Jennifer Andrews.

This will be Oberlin’s third location in Waukesha.

Company executives anticipate 20 to 25 new jobs being created by the facility, and plans for the the 56,000-square-foot second phase will come forward sometime in the future, Andrews said.

Also forthcoming is the company’s request for tax incremental financing, which Andrews hopes to bring before the Plan Commission sometime in May.

Outgoing Mayor Jeff Scrima, presiding over his final regular Plan Commission meeting, said Waukesha is proud to have Oberlin in the city and glad that the company is choosing to stay and expand here.

Also on Wednesday night, the commission:

* Unanimously approved a conditional use permit for improvements to the wastewater treatment plant at 600 Sentry Drive;

* Approved a request from Jackson’s Blue Ribbon Pub, 225 South St., to replace its front windows with a garage door for warm summer dining;

* Unanimously approved an entranceway addition to Catholic Memorial High School, 601 E. College Ave.;

* Unanimously approved rezoning and a preliminary plat plan for Rivers Crossing Addition 4, which will include 52 single-family lots on a 19.5-acre parcel in the subdivision known as Rivers Crossing.