St. Paul Fish Co., which
will be housed in a historic building as part of the
Spur 16 project, will be identified with an
old-fashioned paint job on the smokestack.
MEQUON — Final plans for the three historic buildings
along Mequon Road that will be part of the Spur 16
development got rave reviews from Mequon Planning
Commission members Monday.
absolutely love it. It’s perfect for the site,” said
Commissioner John Stoker. “And I love the ‘St. Paul’ on
the smokestack – it’s awesome.”
part of a discussion that led to unanimous approval of
the building and site plans for the three buildings in
the 6300 block of West Mequon Road, Stoker was reacting
to a concept drawing for the building.
Cindy Shaffer, developer of Spur 16, said she
anticipates all three of the renovated buildings will
open for business in November.
Paul Fish Co., which already has a location in the
Milwaukee Public Market on the south edge of downtown
Milwaukee, will occupy the 5,400-square-foot Ross Wells
building, which is recognizable by its large smokestack.
Zader, Mequon’s assistant director of Community
Development, updated commissioners on the final building
and site plans. He added he wanted their informal
opinion on the signage for St. Paul
Co., which he said would return later for action.
makes it look old and somewhat traditional with the
painted lettering,” he said. “I think there is a nice
synergy between the different buildings in the
200-seat St. Paul Fish Co. is being opened by Tim
Collins, whose family recently moved to Mequon. “We
really like the developer and we like the building and
we like the area,” Collins said earlier this year when
the restaurant’s addition to Spur 16 was announced.
“It’s really a neat old building; it has a lot of
Shaffer also discussed details of the Mequon Public
Market, which will house approximately 10 vendors in the
10,900-square-foot large public works building just to
the west of the smokestack building.
Already-announced vendors include Café Corazon, Purple
Door Ice Cream, Beans & Barley and Anodyne Coffee
Roasting Co. The remaining vendors will be announced
Zader said the vendors will be located on the ground
floor of the building and additional seating will be
available on a second-level mezzanine. There will be
outdoor seating and a stage area for concerts. Much of
the historic character of the building will be
preserved. The existing overhead doors will be replaced
with glass windows.
“Overall, we feel they’ve done a real nice job on this
building,” he said.
third building to receive building and site plan
approval Monday is the small public works building,
which will house studios for yoga and Pilates, along
with office space. Specific tenants have not been
proposed design maintains the historical character of
the building by keeping the existing brick and
architectural details intact,” Zader wrote in a memo to
the Planning Commission.
addition to the three buildings discussed Monday, Spur
16 will include 10 townhomes, which are expected to be
complete in January. An additional 146 apartments in
three buildings will be completed in the spring and
summer of 2019.
Common Council selected Shaffer from a pool of
applicants to develop the roughly 14-acre parcel on the
north side of Mequon Road between the railroad tracks
and Buntrock Avenue. She paid $1 and a $60,000 fee
related to the property brokers for the site. The fully
developed property is expected to have a $26.1 million
value and generate $414,200 annually in city property
Alderman Rob Strzelczyk, who sits on the Planning
Commission, told Shaffer during the discussion that
Alderman Pam Adams, who died in February 2017, was
enthusiastic about selecting Shaffer, who was the only
developer who proposed keeping the old buildings.
“Alderman Adams, I was wrong; you were right,” he said.
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