114-acre parcel on Highway 60 west of Highway C could be
home to a future business park in Grafton. Juice’s Ghost
Town is on the same side of the road, left, below a
Photo by Mark Justesen
GRAFTON — Movement may finally be happening on potential
business park development in Grafton. Just over two
years ago in December 2015, Grafton village officials
hired NAI MLG Commercial to assist them in researching
potential locations and feasibility for a new business
park. Now, the village has put out a request for
proposals for such a project near the intersection of
Ulao Road and Highway C.
“We’re just at the very beginning stage right now,”
Barry Chavin of MLG said Wednesday.
RFP went out in December for engineering and survey
services. According to the village document, the land
being considered for the project is 114 acres northwest
of the intersection, though a rectangular parcel
immediately at the Ulao Road and Highway C intersection
is not included.
document requests those giving proposals include
not-to-exceed costs for a variety of survey and
engineering services, including costs to create site and
concept plans, among myriad other items.
According to information from the village of Grafton and
MLG, there is not yet any formal agreement for
development. Until bids have come in and been discussed,
how the village and developer could collaborate on
promoting a business park is uncertain.
“We, the village, are doing research to see if it’s
feasible for us to be in that support role,” village of
Grafton Administrator Jesse Thyes said.
shared blue area represents the parcel that could be the
future home to
12 to 15 businesses of varying sizes.
“This is going to be an entirely open session discussion
on the 15th (of January),” Thyes added.
RFP deadline listed on the village website is Wednesday,
five days ahead of the Monday, Jan. 15 scheduled Village
Chavin said the parcel considered could allow for about
15 businesses, though that number is only an educated
guess this early in the process. He said after roads, a
retention pond and other infrastructure are accounted
for, there would be about 86 acres
salable land remaining, though what that looks like
won’t be known until engineering and surveying have
occurred. Estimating about 600,000 square feet of
business space at full build-out, if the business park
occurs, the development could have about $42 million of
value increment. He said it could include as many as 12
to 15 different buildings of varying size.
“This is going to be light industrial, a higher-end
business park,” Chavin said.
said uses could include light industrial, manufacturing
or warehouse, as well as professional, office or
According to the RFP documents, the property is
currently within the town of Grafton; it would have to
be annexed into the village if the plans move forward.
is a commercial real estate company with offices in
Milwaukee and Madison, serving property management and
brokerage needs. At the time MLG was hired to study
feasibility of another business park in Grafton, Village
President Jim Brunnquell said it was in response to
businesses’ interest in Grafton, and the two existing
business parks in Grafton having only one space left for
Village Board meetings are held at 6 p.m. the first and
third Mondays at Village Hall, 860 Badger Circle.