SUMMIT - While plenty of logistical hurdles and
questions remain, plans for a 150,000-square-foot food
production and packaging facility are moving forward in Summit.
The Village Board last week voted to make a
formal request to the city of Oconomowoc for extended sewer and
water service on a 57-acre parcel west of Dousman Road, between
Interstate 94 and Delafield Road.
Development company General Capital Group has
proposed light industrial uses for an unused tract of land,
kicking off with a 150,000-square-foot food production and
packing facility. Other than saying it is in the food and
beverage industry, Steve Sirkis, vice president of General
Capital, declined to name the company eyed for the first phase
of the project.
The city of Oconomowoc will also be a key player
in the plans. City officials need to sign off on the proposal
because it would provide such utility services as water and
sewer to the undeveloped area, as outlined in an existing
boundary agreement between the two municipalities.
While a variety of issues - including noise,
traffic, lighting and concerns about the impact on the
environment - have been raised, Summit officials have been
overwhelmingly supportive of the plans as presented.
By Village Administrator Henry Elling’s
estimation, the food production and packing facility could bring
an additional $25 million to the tax rolls.
At a Plan Commission meeting last month, members
of the appointed body discussed General Capital’s plans for the
site, focusing on whether the proposal was in keeping with the
village’s master plan document that outlines the future of the
“For me, the use, and what’s being proposed, in
my mind, is what we envisioned when we put together the master
plan,” said Trustee Scott Piefer, who also serves on the Plan
Sirkis said General Capital and the as-yet
unnamed beverage company have looked at several sites throughout
the Milwaukee metropolitan area. The Summit parcel, he said,
made the top of list for a variety of reasons, including the
close proximity to I-94.
“This one works well,” Sirkis said of the Summit
site. “We’re focusing on it right now.”
The area eyed by General Capital is already
dotted with several similar developments, including a Roundy’s
In addition to the first-phase
150,000-square-foot facility, General Capital is suggesting
additional developments of up to 575,000 square feet could be
constructed on the parcel.
At its Feb. 5 meeting, the Summit Village Board
also discussed a proposal to construct a new municipal building.
Oconomowoc-based MSI General Corp. has discussed with village
officials different design options for a new village hall
After lengthy discussion, most of the board
members agreed to continue reviewing different options before
bringing a formal proposal to the community. A special meeting
is anticipated in the near future to continue hashing over
design and pricing options.