Groundbreaking looms for E.H. Wolf office building
Work could begin before end of the month

By JOE VANDELAARSCHOT - Daily News

June 2, 2017

The proposed area where a new office building for E.H. Wolf and Sons is seen
Thursday morning in Slinger.
John Ehlke/Daily News

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 years.”

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 are doing.

“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 Manufacturing District.”

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 operations.”

Wolf said the new office building will “certainly make our operations a lot more efficient” because company offices in Slinger currently are located in multiple buildings.

“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.”