projects move ahead
Commission OKs plans for bridge, grocery store
ALEX ZANK - Daily News
June 2, 2015
The sun shines across the site for the future Meijer
Tuesday evening in West Bend.
Photo by John Ehlke
WEST BEND - A
proposed pedestrian bridge/pocket park and a large grocery store
construction project are each a step closer to completion.
West Bend’s Plan Commission approved both a conditional use
permit and site plans for the long-discussed pocket park and
pedestrian bridge over the Milwaukee River in downtown West
The plans included the removal of the two existing bridges in
addition to the park and bridge construction.
The pocket park will be next to the northeast corner of Sal’s
Pizzeria on South Main Street. The bridge will cross the
Milwaukee River, with its east landing near the Museum of
City Engineer Max Marechal said the city will have the contract
out for the pocket park this week.
“We’re shooting for awarding it at (city council) mid-June,” he
said, adding the work will start the first half of July.
The bridge will be started in August and
construction will continue throughout the fall, Marechal said.
After the commission approved the plans,
Mayor Kraig Sadownikow thanked the members.
“As you’ve all been paying attention, there
has been discussion going on for quite some time,” he said. “We
had several different listen groups, several different
committees put together, the latest of which has been working
the past 12 months, maybe a little more to bring forward what
you see in front of you today.”
A proposed Meijer store would be located at
the corner of Parkway Drive and South Main Street.
The more than-192,000square-foot store would
bring in approximately 250 jobs, according to information
provided by the city. The commission approved its site plans as
Jim Reinke said at the meeting three
driveways would access the store from Parkway Drive, and there
would be a principal driveway from South Main Street. Meijer is
in negotiations with another business in the area to work out an
agreement for constructing the South Main Street driveway.
“A traffic impact analysis has been has been
provided to the city and … makes recommendations for
improvements to the road network system,” he said at the
The suggested improvements include striping
at parts of Paradise and Parkway drives, a dedicated right turn
lane on the westernmost driveway on Parkway Drive and widening
parts of South Main Street to accommodate a left turn lane down
“They’re also proposing traffic signals at
the intersection of where their driveway will meet (South) Main
Street,” he said.
Concerns with traffic near Meijer Commission
member Jed Dolnick voiced a concern of what traffic around the
Meijer store may look like in the future.
“My only concern is in the future if this
ends up dumping a lot of traffic onto Parkway,” he said. “If
we’re going to need signals on Parkway and Main, that will be
the city’s costs unless there’s an agreement Meijer would cover
Sadownikow said that was a good point to
bring up to Meijer in the future, as that would be an item for
city council to consider.
David Watry, who said to the commission he
was speaking on behalf of Networkers Funding, said the business
has a “grave concern” with the Meijer store’s potential impact
on employees trying to reach its building at 2200 S. Main St.
He said the business has 27 employees coming
into and leaving work at the same time, and he had concerns with
the amount of time it will take them all to leave at the end of
“We are a growing business … so it’s only
going to get worse,” he said, adding the business views this as
a safety issue. “We just purchased the property about a year
ago, and we certainly would not have had this issue been before
Sadownikow said city council is responsible
for traffic patterns and signaling.
“This process will still come before the
(city) council once, as staff mentioned, the traffic analysis is
completed,” he said.
He welcomed Watry to
reach out to staff, who can help establish discussions between
the two businesses in order to find a solution to any issues.