DELAFIELD - Citing changes in
their business model, the Prestwick Group has withdrawn plans for a
63,000-square foot light assembly plant in Delafield and instead may
be seeking in the near future twice as much manufacturing and
storage capacity somewhere else in Lake Country.
However, company officials
have told The Freeman they are continuing with their plans for a
60,000-square foot corporate headquarters that would be located
along Indian Spring Road near the Hwy C/ I-94 interchange.
The withdrawal of the
assembly plant was included in documents the company filed with the
city earlier this week in preparation for a series of public
hearings that are scheduled for the Jan. 30 Plan Commission meeting.
Mayor Michele DeYoe said she
expects the removal of the assembly plant from the plans may soften
opposition to the project from homeowners who live near the
development site in woodlands adjacent to Lapham Peak State Park.
The mayor noted that the
neighbors, in the past, have said they would not oppose the
development of an office complex on the site.
However, the neighbors have
also emphasized any proposed office building would have to be
compatible with existing zoning and land use.
The neighbors have blocked
several development proposals at the site and were prepared to take
the city to court if it approved Prestwick's original plans, which
included the assembly plant, the corporate headquarters, and
gathering center for corporate community events.
City Planner Roger Dupler
said the schedule for the public hearings will not change because of
the new plans filed by the company.
The subjects of the public
hearings include the company's request for the creation of a special
development district, rezoning of some agricultural land on the site
to business use, changing the city's long-range land use plan, the
Master Plan, and approval of a conditional use permit.
Company still seeks zoning, land use plan
Dupler explained the project
is still considered a planned unit development and the company
stills seeking zoning and land use plan changes because a portion of
the development will be on land presently zoned for agricultural
Tyler Morse, vice president
and part owner of the company, said Prestwick plans to sell the land
where the assembly plant was going to be building.
He said the company is
seeking a planned unit development on the site because the company
wants to maintain control of the land, who buys it, and how it is
Morse said the company
recently decided to expand into the consumer outdoor furnishing
market. He said producing outdoor furniture for homeowners is a
natural expansion of the company's business.
The company, which generates
more than $200 million annually, uses recycled materials to produce
outdoor furnishings and equipment for corporate clients that include
prestigious golf courses and luxury resorts.
Morse estimated the expansion
will require within about three years nearly 100,000 to 150,000
square feet of manufacturing and storage capacity which is too big
for the Delafield site.
The Prestwick Group, which is
headquartered in Sussex, will be exploring sites in the future in
Hartland, Pewaukee and Sussex, according to Morse.