GRAFTON — The Tecumseh
building in Grafton has a stable tenant coming in
for the first time in nearly 10 years.
The village of Grafton Plan
Commission last week approved the
conditional use permit for Guy & O’Neill to
take up residence in the former Tecumseh
building at 900 North Ave. Tecumseh closed
and vacated the building in 2009.
Guy & O’Neill, a Fredonia
manufacturing company, will use 167,000
square feet of the building for warehousing.
The building is about 342,000 square feet
overall; Guy & O’Neill is leasing the
northern section from Phoenix Investors, a
Milwaukee firm that acquired the building
about a year and a half ago.
Guy & O’Neill is a private
label manufacturing company; they make
products in household, beauty, personal care
and adult care lines. According to documents
the company submitted to the village, the
space will be used as a warehouse, with one
or two deliveries and one to five employees
While the documents Guy &
O’Neill originally submitted called for one
shift per day to begin, operating from 7
a.m. to 5 p.m., village of Grafton Director
of Planning Jessica Wolff said the company
requested those hours be extended to 9 p.m.
“The Plan Commission
negotiated final hours of 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.,”
Wolff said the permit was
approved only for that range of hours. The
from Guy and O’Neill
indicated that in the future, they may
expand to three shifts per day, as well as
occasional weekend hours.
The permit approved last week
does not allow for work at the warehouse
overnight or on weekends. In her staff
report to the commission, Wolff indicated
that staff did not consider weekend hours
appropriate for the location; the
surrounding area is largely residential.
“If at some point in the
future (they want to expand hours) … they
would need to come back to the Plan
Commission,” to obtain an amendment to the
conditional use permit, Wolff said.
Guy & O’Neill is the second
tenant for the Tecumseh property this year,
though the first of permanence. The
Saukville Walmart had a permit approved in
May to use the south section of the
building, though Wolff said that company has
already vacated the property. Walmart’s use
was only for storing excess displays and
merchandise during renovations to the
According to Wolff’s report,
Guy & O’Neill intends to occupy the north
end of the building by Aug. 1. The
manufacturer using the space is not expected
to cause any disturbance to the area. While
there was some objection to the Walmart use
during that permit’s public hearing, Wolff
said there was not for the new permit last
week. Village documents show that deliveries
to the warehouse, one or two per workday,
though potentially more during the initial
move into the building, must follow a
particular route through the neighborhood.