The Logemann Center
accommodates overflow parking from lots that are
filled at the Town Center and elsewhere.
News Graphic file photo
MEQUON — Mequon Mayor Dan Abendroth said Wednesday he
will veto action taken by the Mequon Common Council to
approve a contract to sell the Logemann Center property
for a restaurant.
“I was looking at the rules this morning and I’m going
to go to City Hall this afternoon and write something
up” to veto the Logemann sale, the mayor told the News
The Common Council Tuesday re-visited the long-running
saga over the future of the Logemann property. After
about 90 minutes of debate, aldermen voted 5-3 to
approve the contract to sell the site to developer John
Prior to taking the final vote, aldermen made clear that
the Common Council will get the final say on the
project, particularly as it relates to available
parking. They required it returns to the Common Council
for review after the Planning Commission approves the
However, that may all be for naught.
“We can’t wait until our neighbors and friends are having a beverage,
watching a Homestead baseball game on one of our outdoor
balconies or enjoying the great view from our beer
garden,” he said.
“City staff, the Common Council and I have spent a ton
of energy and almost a year and a half finding consensus
on how to make this restaurant work,” he added. “I know
the mayor has other ideas for this property, but I hope
the Common Council’s vote – which is ultimately the
people’s vote – is honored.”
Logemann Center has been vacant since June 2016.
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city received a second offer to purchase the property in
October from Lokre Companies, which now owns the first
phase of the Mequon Town Center.
Its “purchase price” involves spending $200,000 to
remove the Logemann building and adding additional
parking on the site. That offer was on Monday’s agenda,
but aldermen voted unanimously to table it after the 5-3
vote to approve the Leszcynski contract.
Kim Tollefson, the city’s director of Economic
Development, told aldermen there is “a deficiency in
parking spaces” in the vicinity of the proposed
restaurant. Those numbers differ under Leszcynski’s
offer to purchase and the city’s counter-offer.
Potential parking in the area also depends on whether
the city decides to add spots adjacent to the Ozaukee
Interurban Trail, as has been suggested.
Tollefson provided several ranges of numbers related to
the “deficiency.” In the best scenario, the area would
be 37 spots short; in the worst scenario, 107.
Leszcynski has put significant effort into parking
counts in the area and reviewing a parking study
commissioned by the city. He proposes leasing 20 spots
near the grocery store across Mequon Road to accommodate
employees. He has argued there are flaws in the parking
study commissioned by the city and there is sufficient
parking for his development.
That study, which cost $58,238, concluded that the
proposed restaurant will add to already-tight parking in
the first phase of the Mequon Town Center.
Alderman Mark Gierl, who has strongly supported
Leszcynski and his restaurant plans throughout the
months-long discussion, said the parking lot at the
now-closed recreation center is hardly ever used by
people going elsewhere in the Town Center.
“The employees don’t want to park there, patrons don’t
want to park there – the lot’s empty,” he said. “People
who park over there are going to be people who park at
Leszcynski’s restaurant. And, I don’t know what kind of
parking study is going to tell me any different. Seeing
Alderman Rob Strzelczyk said parking drove his decision
to vote no.
“We’re trying to put something too big in a space that’s
too small, according to a parking study we paid for,” he
Wirth said during the debate that he doesn’t believe
there is a clear opinion in the community related to
whether to build the restaurant. He said he typically
gets a handful of emails on either side of the issue
prior to every meeting at which the proposal has come
“I think if it would work, it would be a great thing
there,” he said. “But I don’t think we should exacerbate
The mayor urged aldermen to look 10 or 20 years down the
road when the site may no longer house a restaurant.
“We should not be selling that land,” Abendroth told a
reporter Tuesday. “We should not sell public land in the
civic center to a private entity. Long-term, that’s just
going to bite us.”
State law says the mayor has five days to veto the
resolution after it is submitted to him by the City
Clerk for approval. Once it is vetoed, the Common
Council likely will take it up at its December meeting.
The votes of six of the eight aldermen are needed to
override the veto, said City Attorney Brian Sajdak.
The resolution passed Monday with the
somewhat-unexpected vote of John Wirth, who has spoken
against the plans in the past.
“I voted yes so that parking would be looked at by the
Planning Commission, which is a less political body,”
Wirth said after the meeting. “My belief is there is not
enough parking, but I could be proven wrong.”
Leszcynski said late Wednesday afternoon that he is
excited over the opportunity to serve the community with
a sports-themed family friendly restaurant.