Although the Prestwick Group won some key votes during a nearly
four-hour Plan Commission meeting Wednesday night, the Sussex-based
company’s plans to build a corporate headquarters near the
interchange of Hwy C and Interstate 94 still face some major
two and a half hours of citizen testimony against the project, the
commission nearly unanimously approved land use and zoning changes
as well as the creation of a special development district.
Proponents of the development argue it will help expand the city’s
tax base and make an attractive gateway to the city because the
design of the buildings will compliment the quaint and historic
theme of downtown Delafield.
wants to build a 71,000 square foot corporate headquarters along
with a gathering center and event barn during the first phase of the
project and another 68,000 square feet in office space to developed
for lease or sale in the second phase.
withdrew plans to include a 63,000 square foot assembly plant on the
Jeff Krickhahn, a former alderman, cast the only dissenting votes
when he opposed changing the city’s master land use plan to allow
land now zoned for agricultural to be used for commercial offices.
He also voted
against changing the zoning from agricultural to business use of an
approximately fiveacre parcel in the 28-acre development.
Matt Morse, who
founded the company in 1997, said he was pleased with the
recommendations and expressed confidence the commission’s actions
would be ratified by the Common Council.
The company uses
recycled materials to assemble outdoor furnishings and equipment for
corporate clients, including some of the world’s most prestigious
consider recommendations on Monday
DeYoe said the council may consider the commission recommendations
at its next meeting on Monday.
There is a
possibility that six affirmative votes will be needed on the
seven-member council to adopt some of the commission
majority may be required if enough neighbors have filed a protest to
the zoning change and creation of the special district.
are still reviewing the protest documents to determine if the super
majority will be required, according to City Planner Roger Dupler.
of the project may also be contingent upon the city being able to
extend sewer beneath the interstate to the development site.
Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC) will have to approve
the expansion of a sewer service district that now serves most of
the development site, according to city officials.
“You are talking
about a process that could drag on for two years,” said Commissioner
Tim Aicher, who is also Common Council president.
There is a
proposal for the city to include the development site in a tax
increment financing district that would help generate real estate
tax revenues to help pay the cost of installing the sewer.