GRAFTON — The
Grafton Plan Commission heard few new updates on the proposed
concept for Grafton Commons North at Tuesday’s meeting. A proposal
by Continental Properties to develop the 16.99-acre property into a
69,000-square-foot building with three tenants and a small outlot
with a multi-tenant building changed little from when it was
originally proposed earlier in 2017.
“We are talking
to ‘retail A,’” said Joe Berkhahn of Continental Properties. “They
are the driver of this project. But we are in a catch-22 on this.”
That catch-22 is
that this large of a retailer typically wants the proper zoning and
agreement in place before being announced; the village is hesitant
to grant this without knowing who the tenant for the 55,000-square
foot space might be.
“The concern I
have is that we will be looking at a planned unit development
without really knowing the type of use it will have,” said Village
President Jim Brunnquell. “It’s kind of hard to comment on a concept
plan without knowing that.”
“That is the
size of a ‘big box’ retailer, correct?” asked Commissioner Carl
Harms. “If we’re looking at that, it would be subject to the
requirements we have in place for those type of retailers.”
Staff noted that
this was correct, but Berkhahn remained mum on the potential tenants
for the property.
Commission took no action on the conceptual plan as the discussion
was purely for informational purposes. The staff’s review had
identified a short list of concerns about the proposed plans,
including fire department access and a need to provide pedestrian
and bike access to the development, which will be located north of
the existing retail developments on Port Washington Road.
Properties did make some changes to the initial plan submitted in
2017, including revisions to a planned access driveway from the
existing Costco parking lot.
was also before the Plan Commission to seek approval for a partial
site plan, which would allow it to begin construction on this
driveway, having secured a cross easement agreement with Costco for
already has received approval from the Wisconsin Department of
Natural Resources and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the
access road’s stream crossing, filling of wetlands and the creation
of the stormwater pond. This initial work would also require some
temporary grading on site that would be improved upon once the full
site work is approved and completed.
Commission approved the partial site plan with conditions identified