Walgreens is no longer
planning on building a store on this site in the Town of
Charles Auer/Freeman Staff
TOWN OF WAUKESHA
- All that work for nothing.
and even years of the Town Board arguing back and forth among
itself and developers over things like hours of operation,
Walgreens isn’t moving on with its planned store at the corner
of Sunset Drive and Highway X.
was in the works for nearly five years. Recently we looked again
at the economic impact this location will have on our nearby
stores and concluded it would no longer be a sound business
decision to move forward with it,” said Walgreens Media
Relations Spokesperson Phil Caruso. “We have acquired the
property from the developer and we informed the city of our
decision. At present we are talking to our broker about selling
development was planned to include an Aldi as well, but Aldi’s
PR department didn’t get back to The Freeman by press time.
John Marek blamed the loss of the development on a fellow Town
Board member and said that he’s been contacted by two entities
who want to construct a bar/nightclub there.
“The loss of
$5 million in tax base lies squarely on the shoulders of Mr.
(Joe) Banske,” Marek said. “I have firsthand knowledge that this
development was scuttled due to Mr. Banske’s non-stop harassment
of the developer,” Marek said. “The low-impact/high quality
Walgreens/Aldi development could now be replaced by a
high-impact development having a detrimental effect on the town
and the surrounding community.”
Banske said he
did a survey of almost every homeowner in the area of the
development and they “monumentally overwhelmingly” said that
they didn’t want the development.
He also said
there are lots of reasons Walgreens might have decided to pull
understand the fiscal or financial feasibility study may have
been impacted by the recent foreclosure action against the
adjacent Fox Run Shopping Center,” Banske said. “From the time
this facility was originally planned for the time they were
ready to break ground last winter, there have been four new
pharmacies open up within two miles. It’s a potential that
because of the saturation and the foreclosure coupled with the
fact that the bypass route seems to be planned to not go in the
direction it was originally planned to go - down Sunset Drive -
those are all really things that would impact the financial
said he finds it “highly unlikely” that a nightclub owner is
already interested in the site since nearby neighbors have only
just found out that the property is for sale.
possible, but highly unlikely,” Banske said.