Brewery, restaurant anchor next phase of Town Center
Plans include apartments, condos

By Gary Achterberg - News Graphic Staff

July 25, 2017

Developers want to renovate a century-old brewery, above, into a microbrewery and restaurant, below, at the corner of Mequon Road and Buntrock Avenue.
 Photo by Mark Justesen


Submitted rendering


MEQUON — Plans for Mequon’s Town Center are taking an ambitious leap forward as plans for a third major development along Mequon Road await initial consideration by a city committee in August.

Details of the long-rumored plans for a restaurant and microbrewery are just part of a multifaceted Foxtown project on a 17-acre site on the south side of Mequon Road and west of the railroad tracks in the Town Center neighborhood.

The project will get its initial public introduction Aug. 7th, when Mequon’s Planning Commission conducts a conceptual review.

In addition to the microbrewery and restaurant, the plans contained in a 62page document filed with city staff include 96 luxury apartments, 23 “porch home” condominiums, a brewery and beer hall and a two-story building that will house retail, a possible restaurant and office space.

The development team includes local owners, developers, architects, builders and managers. Many in the group recently proposed taking the lead and raising funds for a community project that would remake much of the nearby civic campus, including the city pool and Rennicke Field.

An outdoor beer garden is one of the features of restaurant and brewery proposed at the corner of Mequon Road and Buntrock Avenue roads
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Team members are Thomas Nieman, Fromm Family Foods; Robert Bach, P2 Development; John Graham, Real Estate Advisors; Tom Zabjek and Scott Humber, Lakeside Development; Gordon Goggins, restaurateur; Gregg

Thompson, Thompson Project Management; Rinka Chung Architects; Stephen P. Smith, architect; and Thomas Mortenson, R.A. Smith National, project landscape architect.

The proposal calls for the project to be built in phases. Here is a summary:

Brewery/restaurant – The historic 19th-century brewery on the southeast corner of Mequon Road and Buntrock Avenue would be renovated into a 6,750-square-foot beer-themed restaurant with an outdoor beer garden. The site will include a public beer hall with a dance floor and banquet hall seating. The sit-down restaurant is described as casual with a medium-priced menu. A zoning variance to allow the craft brewery would be required. There would be 66 parking spots. A fall 2018 opening is anticipated.

Mixed-use retail/commercial – The two-story building along Mequon Road would be 12,000-square-feet to 14,000square-feet with parking for 79 cars. The proposal anticipates a “casual bar atmosphere restaurant” and a Chicago-style pizza concept with a rooftop 2,000-squarefoot three-season room and balcony. The building would include additional retail space with commercial offices on the second floor.

Luxury apartments – There would be two buildings of luxury apartments along Industrial Drive. Each would have 48 units. Phase one, including a clubhouse and pool, would open in the summer of 2019. Phase two would open the following summer. There would be 184 parking spots – 140 underground and 44 on ground level.

Brewery/beer hall – The renovation of 13,000 square feet of buildings bordering the railroad tracks would include a microbrewery, sit-down “casual, low-priced barfood menu” and an outdoor beer garden pavilion. There will be parking for 111 cars. A zoning variance to allow the brewery would be required. A summer 2019 opening is anticipated.

Retail/office/residences – Three new buildings along Industrial Drive would include retail, office space and 11 extended-stay corporate residences. The first portion of the project would open in the summer of 2020 as part of a three-year phased development.

Condominiums – The 23 single-family porch-style homes in a pocket neighborhood at the far southwest end of the development. Each unit would have a two-car garage, for a total of 46 parking spots. An additional 29 street parking spots are proposed. There would be a common neighborhood gazebo and patio pond overlook. The first phase would open in 2020 and the entire development would be completed in three years.

The Foxtown proposal comes on the heels of Spur 16, the proposed second phase of the Town Center that will be located across the street and include apartments and retail. The first phase of the Town Center, located at Mequon and Cedarburg roads, recently celebrated its second anniversary.

Email: gachterberg@conleynet.com

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