The exterior of a vacant building on Helsan Drive in
Richfield is seen Wednesday afternoon.
The Golden Pearl in Saukville is expected to move to the
location in Richfield.
John Ehlke/Daily News
owner of a Saukville adult care business hopes to move
into a new location in Richfield by April 1 at the
latest. Lisa Perelshtein said the move to the new
location in Richfield’s Helsan Business Park will allow
the center to double in size from its current location
in Saukville. The new location will be at 3018 Helsan
Drive, which was the former location of offices for
Saputo Cheese. “We could really, if we had to, move into
the building as it is right now. It fits our needs
perfectly, but there are changes we want to make in the
building’s interior that are more wants than
necessities,” Perelshtein said. “The move could happen
faster because we have a waiting list to get into our
facility. We have a meeting with village officials next
week about when we could occupy the building and
depending on how long it takes to complete paperwork
with the bank, it could be sooner.” Village
Administrator Jim Healy said an adult care center is
allowed in the M-4 zoning district, but it must receive
a conditional use permit from the village. “The
village’s Consultant Planner Tim Schwecke said the
business location may be perceived as a benefit to some
of the surrounding local business’ employees who might
conceivably use their services,” Healy said. “Its
location also provides easy access off and on to Highway
41 to major employment centers in the metro-Milwaukee
The business was
granted the requested CUP, but needs village permission to do any
outside work onto the facility’s site, such as having a garden or
adding other outside features.
exterior work won’t take place until next spring.
work will require us to submit a plan to the village,” she said.
She said Golden
Pearl LLC offers programming for adults with disabilities as well as
the frail elderly.
“We try to teach
daily living skills, social responsibility and social skills in the
community. We have occupational therapy, music and speech therapy as
well as pet therapy,” Perelshtein said. “We work on large and small
motor skills as well as promote self expression with song writing,
poetry writing, reading, that kind of thing, as well arts and crafts
and arts classes.”
a big part of the programming at her facility is “getting out with
“We have a fleet
of vehicles to take them around the community,” Perelshtein said.
“We place our members in a lot of different types of social
the business is currently located in a Saukville strip mall.
“We call it our
concrete jungle because we are surrounded by concrete,” Perelshtein
said. “At our new location, we have a very large green space that we
are planning on making an accessible garden on in the back. There
will be some raised beds so people with wheelchairs can have access
there. There will be room for many other outdoor activities.”
Perelshtein has discussed pouring a concrete slab in the rear of the
property for employees and clients to sit outside and eat.
“The pouring of
the concrete slab does not require a permit from the village,” Healy
added that the business is not an overnight facility and will not be
open on weekends or national holidays.
needs being served comes the creation of more jobs,” Perelshtein
said in the application. “This new space would provide us with what
we need to grow the center and allow the waiting list to empty while
creating more opening for future members and more jobs in the
Healy said adult
care centers allow working caregivers to continue to engage in the
workforce with the comfort of knowing their family member is in a
professionally staffed and supportive group program.