MEQUON — A
comprehensive parking and traffic study commissioned by the city of
Mequon came to one conclusion that should come as no surprise to
anyone who has tried to park in the Mequon Town Center at peak
times: “It is clear that there is not enough parking supply
provided” is the first sentence in the summary of the 110-page-long
report compiled by Cedarburg-based Traffic Analysis and Design Inc.
parking has been an ongoing discussion topic by the Mequon Common
Council all year, but Tuesday’s Common Council meeting afforded
aldermen their first opportunity to discuss the final report,
completed at a cost of $58,238.
details and raw numbers of how different uses of the Town Center and
activities in nearby City Hall, the swimming pool, baseball field
and library impact parking needs.
presentation was intended to be an overview – laying the groundwork
for concrete steps to be proposed in September – the report
generated well over two hours of discussion from aldermen, a
restaurant developer, the adjacent American Legion Post and members
of the public.
The report makes
a variety of recommendations. City staff will review them with an
eye toward introducing proposals for the Common Council to discuss
at its Sept. 12 meeting.
The report said:
There is not enough parking to accommodate the proposed Backwoods
Pub & Grill. Developer John Leszcynski wants to use a portion of the
now-closed Logemann Center for the restaurant.
The Logemann Center should be razed and the space and the parking
lots adjacent to City Hall should be reconfigured to provide 30 to
59 more parking spaces.
Another option would be installing a road from the Logemann lot,
paralleling the Ozaukee Interurban Trail, to Division Street as a
way to encourage traffic circulation to the north.
A small parking ramp – at an estimated cost of $16,500 per space –
is an option.
discussion, Alderman John
Wirth suggested the Town Center’s parking woes are
the responsibility of the property owner, rather than the city. He
suggested the city could take a tighter look at issuing occupancy
permits for vacant storefronts if they will add to the parking
solve this parking problem, they shouldn’t get new tenants,” he
Later in the
meeting – while Victor Anderson, representing Town Center owner
Lokre Real Estate, was speaking – Wirth said, “I believe the problem
we’re being asked to solve is your problem.”
Lokre’s brokerage and property manager, was in the process of
telling aldermen that the parking situation has “negatively affected
success” for the Town Center.
Referring to the
proposed Backwoods restaurant, Anderson said the plan and its “high
parking demands … doesn’t make any sense to me or our company.”
described numerous productive meetings with city staff over the past
few months to address parking concerns related to his restaurant
proposal, said he did not believe he was getting a fair shake in the
“I think there’s
a bias – and I have a problem with that,” said Leszcynski, who
started his remarks vowing to “keep my powder dry for September,”
when staff will return with its proposals.
addressed aldermen included:
Mequon resident Nancy Urbani, who opposed another idea in the report
to pave some of the areas adjacent to the Frank L. Weyenberg Library
to add parking spots. She said the obvious solution is to raze the
Logemann Center to add as much parking as possible there.
do not pave all the green space that surrounds the library,” she
Charles Friedlein, commander of the Howard J. Schroeder American
Legion Post on the west end of the Town Center. He said the
775-member post relies on income from renting its hall for weddings
and other events to pay its bills. He said he favors removing the
Logemann Center and building a parking structure.
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