This rendering shows what would
be the view from the southwest corner of the former
Kmart site at 120 E. Sunset Drive after
redevelopment. The Common Council unanimously
approved final plans for the site Tuesday night.
WAUKESHA - A former Kmart has sat vacant at 120 W.
Sunset Drive for three years, but it will soon be home
to an updated retail center as the Common Council
unanimously approved final plans for the site Tuesday
Commission held a last-minute special meeting just prior
to Tuesday’s Common Council meeting to review new plans
for the site, which developer Randy Roth of
Milwaukee-based Endeavour Corporation brought forward
after the commission found fault with original plans for
the site last week. Specifically, they took issue with
the 115,857-square-foot building’s long, uninterrupted
New plans included facades with more
dimension for the front of the building, which Community
Development Specialist Jeff Fortin said will be split
into several units with their own distinct entrances. Of
course, which tenants move in will dictate the look of
the entrances and thus the entire building. Roth
mentioned Dollar Tree as a possible tenant, and showed
the commission the corporate style for Dollar Tree
entrances on a rendering for the site.
Roth said he and his Iowa-based partners
have been working on the $14 million project for three
years. He agreed to create a bolder, more exciting look
for the two proposed outlots and a 10,000-square-foot
expansion that will come before the commission at a
later date, since it’s easier to be creative with new
Roth thanked the commission for its
suggestions and ultimately its unanimous approval of the
project, as well as its agreement to meet again so
quickly, since buyers plan to close on the building this
“It’s been a long road to get to this
point,” he said.
The project’s approval comes with several
conditions, including installing some kind of public art
within a year of occupancy.
Broker Jon Thoresen said if all goes as
planned, the site will eventually include a fitness
center and more than one restaurant.
At the last commission meeting,
Commissioner Kevin Larson said this new retail center
could compete with The Shoppes at Fox River if it’s
handled appropriately - especially since city money is
Last month, the council approved creating
a tax incremental financing district on the site.
TIF District 22 will include an upfront
incentive payment of $2 million and a $600,000
pay-as-you go TIF that will be paid back as the tax
value is realized.
The site is assessed at $3.7 million, but
the developer’s agreement includes a provision that the
value will increase to $13 million.