more banks coming to Port Washington Road
Planning Commission OKs plans for Kohler Credit Union,
Partnership Bank branches
By Gary Achterberg - News Graphic Staff
Nov. 14, 2013
You don’t have to look far from the corner of Mequon and Port
Washington roads to find a bank.
There are at least eight financial institutions within roughly a
mile radius of that intersection now – and that will soon
increase by two.
Mequon’s planning commission Monday approved building and site
plans for new branches of Kohler Credit Union at
11403 N. Port
Washington Road and Partnership Bank at
11740 N. Port Washington
Commission members approved the Kohler Credit Union proposal on
a 5-1 vote. Dave Fuchs voted no.
The credit union will be the primary occupant of a three-unit
building. It will occupy 5,600 square feet; two other tenants
will occupy a total of 5,000 square feet. The credit union will
have a drivethru.
While members said they generally liked the design and
appearance of the building, several voiced concern over the
slope and material used for the roof. An architect from the La
Macchia Group said the standing seam roof is a standard design
feature used at many of the credit union’s other branches.
Several members said the steeper roof was not in keeping with
other nearby buildings. Some said they were concerned about
setting a precedent. The final approval included a provision
requiring a less-steep roof, but allowing the proposed roofing
“I am just troubled by that roof look when you put it into the
context of what is there now – and, of course, I’m concerned
about the future,” said member Patrick Marchese.
Kohler Credit Union now has seven branches, including one at
2500 Washington St. in Grafton. Membership in the credit union
is open to residents of Ozaukee, Sheboygan, Washington, Calumet,
Fond du Lac and Manitowoc counties.
Approval of Partnership’s plans was unanimous and occurred
without discussion as part of the commissioners’ consent agenda.
The new branch of Cedarburg-based Partnership Bank will have
four employees and occupy 1,200 square feet of a
5,900-square-foot existing building on the east side of North
Port Washington Road. The proposal approved by the planning
commission includes the addition of a drive-thru lane and
The move into Mequon comes just five months after Partnership
purchased the Cedarburg and Grafton branches of Tri City
National Bank and less than a year after it opened in Cedarburg.
In other action
Commissioners also acted on several other items. They
■ Several technical details related to the construction of a new
Kwik Trip store on an expanded site at the same address of its
10360 N. Port Washington Road. The majority of
the plan had been previously approved. Monday’s action covered
landscaping and where the driveway will be located.
■ A zoning change for the Wulff’s Island property,
Cedarburg Road, to move it into the community commercial
category, with a restriction that the site only can be used as a
restaurant. There has been a restaurant at the location since
1967, most recently Brew City Barbecue. Since that restaurant
closed more than a year ago, any new restaurant on the site
could not be grandfathered into previous zoning changes.
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