Grafton Commons stores
such as Costco and Pier 1 can be seen in the distance,
just south of where a new development is being proposed
Photo by Mark Justesen
GRAFTON — A space larger than Grafton’s Best Buy and
Michaels combined is being planned for a multitenant
development in the freeway corridor.
concept plan was submitted to the village of Grafton for
a three-tenant retail development just north of Costco,
on Port Washington Road. While the concept plan was
originally scheduled for Plan Commission review today,
Village Planner Jessica Wolff said the developer asked
Monday to be taken off the agenda, so further work can
be done on plan details before coming to the commission.
plans already submitted to the village show a
69,000-square-foot building on the 16.99-acre parcel
behind Costco. Two smaller spaces are planned, with
5,000- and 9,000-square foot layouts; the rest of the
complex would accommodate one 55,000-square-foot retail
space is smaller than the Grafton Kohl’s, which is about
75,000 square feet, but much larger than some other
national retail spaces. Wolff said the records show that
Best Buy and Michaels together are roughly 44,000 square
me, that (size) would indicate a national retailer,”
developer, Continental, has not named specific tenants
thus far, though in a staff report, Wolff said that they
would need to name a tenant for the large space and at
least one of the other two before Continental could
obtain rezoning and site plan approval.
Continental is the same developer that built the new
McDonald’s on Highway 60 in Grafton, as well as the
Grafton Commons, which began with Costco about 10 years
ago and expanded to include the multitenant buildings in
that area, including those that house Dick’s Sporting
Goods, Kohl’s, Aldi and others.
new building north of Costco would be Grafton Commons
North, according to the village report. The concept
plans also show an outlot building of 3,100 square feet.
16.99-acre parcel includes wetland areas, and some
differences in land elevation, that constrain where
buildings could be constructed.
“There are considerable environmental challenges,” Wolff
Information submitted to the village states Continental
has already obtained permits from the Department of
Natural Resources for wetland fill and constructing a
stream crossing for access. The plan indicates
Continental intended to begin work this fall and have
the development completed by summer next year; with the
delay in introducing the concept plan, however, the
timeline may change. Having pulled the scheduled
application, Continental will have to reapply to be
reviewed at a later time.
staff report listed several items that would need to be
addressed moving forward, including:
The initial proposal did not meet requirements for the
number of parking spaces
Pedestrian and bicycle facilities would need to be
A traffic study would be needed to determine necessary
improvements to Port Washington Road to allow for the
Further details would be needed for the outlot building,
and what types of business might end up in that building
Wolff said that once the development comes back to the
village, its rezoning – the property is currently zoned
agriculture – would be done as a planned unit
development. That zoning maintains the greatest degree
of control for the village in how the property will be
used in the future.
Continental Properties, a Menomonee Falls-based company,
could not be reached for comment.