Slinger’s Plan Commission has rejected a second attempt
by a Slinger developer to construct several self-storage
buildings in the village.
Kevin Dittmar of Dittmar Realty sought a conditional use
permit at the Commission’s recent July meeting that
would have allowed the construction of a self-storage
facility on a 5.41-acre site along the west side of
Hillside Road/ Highway C. Access to the property would
be via American Eagle Drive. The request also sought
approval of related site, architectural and lighting
plans. The non-inclusion of the project’s landscaping
plan was a sore spot for at least one member of the Plan
Commission who rejected the request on a 4-3 vote.
April, Dittmar proposed constructing about 52,000 square
feet of enclosed self storage space at a different
location — a 4.42 acre property on the south side of
American Eagle Drive and bounded on the west by the
Interstate 41 northbound on-ramp and Highway 60. The new
proposal was to be located on property near the property
included in the April request.
of the same arguments heard at the Plan Commission
meeting in April regarding the earlier proposal were
also expressed concerning the request rejected just days
formal vote on the April request was made by the Plan
Commission, but Dittmar allowed that request to die
without seeking a public hearing after which he prepared
the second proposal. According to the meeting’s minutes,
Commissioner and Village Trustee Lee Fredericks said he
had received five written comments opposing the request
for storage units back in May.
Commission Chairman and Village President Russ Brandt,
according to the minutes, said he believed the letters
were regarding the storage units that had been proposed
in April, not those in the latest plan. Brandt said he
would not object to storage units being constructed on
the property in Dittmar’s latest request.
During the public hearing at the July meeting, some
village residents opposed the request.
Reynolds, of 1595 Pine Cove Court, said neighborhood
residents have put “a lot of money into their homes and
storage units near them will affect their property value
and quality of life.” He said he was against storage
units being built.
Jason Bohn, of 1404 American Eagle Drive, told
commissioners storage units are not a good use of this
property and he was opposed to them being constructed at
Dittmar said there is a need for storage units and his
plan is to place them so they are less visible.
Village Planner Marty Marchek said the Slinger fire
chief had expressed concerns about the proximity and
access to nearby fire hydrants. Marchek said there could
be a fire lane off Hillside Road by Washington County or
a new hydrant could be installed. Marchek said
Washington County will not allow access for a fire lane,
so the only option is the new hydrant.
Marchek said Dittmar did not provide a landscaping plan
because staff recommended the landscaping plan be
approved after the first phase is constructed to allow
placement of landscape materials in the most effective
Fredericks said there are other objections to this
development, but they were never read into the minutes
from the earlier Commission meeting because Dittmar
withdrew his request at that time. Fredericks said the
property now has a new owner, Wangard, who are
experienced property developers.
“There will be other better opportunities that will come
forward for the property’s use,” Fredericks said. “We
need to be patient and let the economy take it’s
Fredericks reiterated the findings of a study by
Economic Development of Washington County, stating the
village doesn’t have many large flat parcels to build
land in question is large and flat and we should not be
considering putting storage units on it,” Fredericks
new proposal, he added, doesn’t diversify the tax base,
doesn’t create jobs, doesn’t bring people into the
village and is not the wisest or best use of the land.
Dittmar disagreed and said demographics are changing and
millennials and baby boomers are looking for a place to
store their belongings as they move to smaller living
attempt was made to reach Dittmar on Thursday to see
where the project now stands, but he did not respond.