SLINGER — Two years of
planning could finally come to fruition
later this month when construction is
expected to begin on a two-floor and nearly
15,000-square-foot office building for E.H.
Wolf and Sons.
“We hope we can turn the
first shovel full of dirt before the end of
June,” said company President Craig Wolf.
“We’ve been working on this for nearly two
Last fall the company broke
ground and completed work earlier this year
on an approximately 31,500-square-foot
warehouse on the former site of the Slinger
Manufacturing building. The new office
building will be constructed next door to
the new warehouse.
Village Planner Marty Marchek
said the village’s Plan Commission earlier
this month approved the project with some
very minor technical conditions that must be
met that essentially don’t change what they
“They must still have a
lighting plan approved,” Marchek said. “The
Plan Commission is very pleased with the
design of the building. They think it’s
going to have a very high quality
appearance. By having this completed we’ll
develop another important site in the
village’s central business area.”
The Plan Commission’s action
was preceded by action by the Zoning Board
of Appeals to allow a set back variance
along one of the property boundaries.
“It was a minor dimensional
variance,” Marchek said. “They needed a side
yard setback variance in the M-2
Village zoning ordinance
requires that a side yard setback in the M-2
Manufacturing District be a minimum of 40
feet from a residentially zoned lot line.
The site plan indicated a setback of 30 feet
from the lot line to the properties at 509
and 515 S. Kettle Moraine Drive was needed.
“We have to clear the
property yet,” Wolf said. “There is a pole
building that we were using for a warehouse
that was attached to an older house
structure that was converted to an office.
We’ll be demolishing those in the next
couple of weeks.”
The company still needs to
have a lighting plan approved and obtain the
typical building permits.
“The goal is to have the
building finished by the end of this year,”
Wolf said. “It will be two floors, each
floor will be about 7,500 square feet and
there will be an elevator. We’ll have a lot
more interaction and oversight on our
Wolf said the new office
building will “certainly make our operations
a lot more efficient” because company
offices in Slinger currently are located in
“We’ll have the
administration as well as our transportation
and lubricants departments housed under one
roof instead of in multiple buildings,”
Craig said. “We haven’t come to a definitive
conclusion as to what we’re going to do with
the existing office space that we have in
the old railroad depot, but we will moving
all of our (Slinger) offices into the new
structure. Hopefully we have a plan before
(to do something with the old office space
before it’s vacant) we move out.”
The company is using the new
warehouse for bulk fuel storage and
wholesaling and retailing of fuels,
lubricants and related petroleum products.
“The new warehouse facility
is really working out well, Wolf said.
“We’re in the final stages of moving
everything into that new space. We’re
probably about 90 percent complete on moving
everything we need in there, but the
building has been finished for a while.”