MEQUON — An
upscale condominium development took a step closer to reality last
Hoff cleared a major hurdle when the Thiensville Village Board
reached an agreement with the city of Mequon that will result in a
sewer extension to the 32-unit project just north of the village
line on a 10-acre parcel between Green Bay and Cedarburg roads.
officials initially balked at providing sewer service. Even though
Hoff agreed to pay for necessary upgrades to the sewer system,
officials and at least one nearby landowner voiced concern that
serving the site might use up capacity and hamstring future
development in the village along North Main Street.
After an initial
suggestion from Village President Van Mobley to detach the land –
making it part of Thiensville – representatives from the city and
village met and came up with an alternate solution that earned
unanimous agreement from the Mequon Common Council and the
Thiensville Village Board.
previously reported offer to prioritize a water utility project
along Buntrock Avenue was endorsed Jan. 15 by the Village Board.
approval will result in an intergovernmental agreement to formalize
the deal that will be brought before both bodies. Mobley said he
expects Thiensville will take it up at its Feb. 5 Committee of the
It’s likely the
Mequon Common Council will consider the agreement at its next
meeting in February, City Administrator William Jones said Monday
afternoon. He added it is likely the city’s Municipal Water Utility
Commission – made up of the same members as the Common Council –
will discuss the Buntrock Avenue project earlier the same evening.
Mequon Common Council and the Thiensville Village Board announced
they would discuss the proposed deal in closed session. Mequon
Alderman John Wirth asked that it be discussed in open session and
his colleagues agreed. Thiensville followed suit and discussed the
plans in open session.
after the meeting that the agreement reflects the “continued
cooperation and goodwill between the two communities.”
Over the past
few years, Thiensville has put a concerted effort into development
along South Main Street. It provided incentives that led to
construction of the Thiensville Health Alliance building. Other
recent development in the area includes the Fiddlehead’s roasting
facility, renovation of the historic building at Main Street and
Buntrock Avenue for the cheel restaurant and construction of the
Reuter Insurance building. The village also extended water mains
down South Main Street and completed a Main Street renovation
Incremental Finance district that covers the south portion of
downtown is getting close to being closed. While nothing has been
decided, it’s possible village officials would then turn their
attention to development on the north end of the village. That could
include the vacant property on the west side of the street that
housed a bowling alley decades ago.
The Mequon Water
Utility project involves installing a water main along Buntrock
Avenue. Mequon City Engineer Kristen Lundeen told aldermen Jan. 9
that the work will prevent potential major service disruptions in
the event of a water main break. She called it “a high priority, if
not the highest priority” for the utility.
Mobley said the
work will be a big benefit for the village.
increases the value and desirability of all the properties around
it,” he said.