Mukwonago has residential, retail, commercial projects on horizon

By Brandon Anderegg - Freeman Staff

Jan. 31, 2018

Phantom Cove, a set of 91 class A apartments, will be located at the former
Lynch dealership on 915 Main St.
Submitted rendering

MUKWONAGO — Village officials have several residential, retail and commercial projects in the pipeline to not only attract a growing millennial population but also cater to the many economic classes and lifestyle choices of those living in the community, according to Village Administrator John Weidl.

Weidl said millennials coming to Mukwonago are buying homes, spending money on Mukwonago’s services, visiting the village’s restaurants and using local parks. For this reason, many of the projects on the horizon include shopping centers, housing, entertainment and green spaces.

“That demographic wants open spaces, entertainment options, shopping and food options,” said Weidl.

By developing for retail, commercial and residential, village officials are working towards providing the community with a full range of housing options, goods and services, said Weidl. He added that Mukwonago has two economies — the interstate economy and the community economy. With new development projects, village officials are aiming to provide opportunities for those who live in Mukwonago but work elsewhere, and vice versa.

“We’re creating the jobs and the housing for not only the people who are working in our community, but we’re creating the amenities and the lifestyle experiences for the people who live here,” said Weidl.

Weidl estimated that Mukwonago imports 90 percent of the workers that keep the village in motion. While commuters are an essential component of the community’s economy, a more balanced percentage would make the community and the economy even stronger, he said.

“We are trying to tip the scales to provide housing and jobs, so more people live here, shop here and work here,” said Weidl. “We need both and they are connected through the developments that we’re doing.”

Below is a list of Mukwonago’s new development projects, some of which will be completed in the near future while others may not be finished for 10 years, according to Weidl.
 

TID District #5

Mukwonago officials have been actively searching to find businesses to develop the village’s proposed Tax Increment District number 5, or Sugden Farms business park, which will be located on the Sugden Farms property just south of the highway 83 and 43 interchange near Wolf Run and Dewey Drive in Mukwonago, Weidl said.

The village is investing approximately $12 million in the industrial park, which is a 115-acre area containing nine sites that range in size between 3.5 acres and 20 acres, according to Weidl. Village officials estimate the business park will produce $60 to $80 million in taxable development, $18 million to $20 million in tax revenue to fund the industrial park and 900 to 1,500 jobs over 20 years, according to Weidl.

He said the business park will have all utilities in place by Dec. 31, 2018. This means the park would have roads, street lights, gas, water, sewer and other utilities in place before companies move in.

Aurora Medical Center
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Educators Credit Union
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The Chapman Place development project comprises six acres on the northwest corner of Chapman Farms Boulevard and Highway 83. Senior Vice President Ray Goodden of Anderson Commercial confirmed that Aurora Medical Center and Educators Credit Union will inhabit four of the six acres.

Chapman Place and Bielinski Home Subdivision

The Chapman Place development project comprises six acres on the northwest corner of Chapman Farms Boulevard and Highway 83. Senior Vice President Ray Goodden of Anderson Commercial confirmed that Aurora Medical Center and Educators Credit Union will inhabit four of the six acres. The remaining acreage has not been spoken for, but Goodden said he and the village have been looking to fill the space with retail and restaurants. He added the project will be completed in two to three years.

The Bielinski Subdivision located along Chapman Farm Boulevard will bring 88 single-family homes and 25 duplexes (50 units), adding 300 to 325 residents with 70 to 80 school-aged children, according to Weidl. It’s not certain when the subdivision will be completed, but he estimates 5 to 10 years.

Weidl predicts these two projects will create $12 million to $18 million in new taxable commercial and retail, as well as a new tax base that would contribute $35 million to $40 million, adding $215,000 in tax revenue to the village and $700,000 to all taxing jurisdictions.
 

Phantom Cove

Phantom Cove, a set of 91 class A apartments, will be located at the former Lynch dealership on 915 Main St. Weidl estimates these units will add 125 to 150 residents with 15 to 20 school-aged children. The apartments would generate $11.5 million in new taxable development and $3.5 million in tax increment, which will be used to make other improvements to the Phantom Lake Area.
 

The Maple Center

The Maple Center is a mixed-use community located by the YMCA and Pro-Health Care near Wolf Run on the village’s south side. The center will include 16 to 18 acres of commercial and retail development and 32 acres of residential community or 675 units, some of which will be senior housing.

The conceptual plan indicates 75,000 to 100,000 square feet in planned retail space, a hotel with a conference center and a full-service restaurant, a retail strip area for commercial space and small business growth and a layout for a high-end grocery store. The center will also have amenities such as a fenced-in dog park, sports fields and courts, playgrounds, community walking trails and more.

Weidl said the village the project would take 10 years to complete and the expected results would be a tax base increase of $56 million with 900 to 1,200 new residents and 125 to 150 school-aged children.