Two Foxtown projects move forward in Mequon
Restaurant, apartments get site plan approval

By Gary Achterberg

June 28, 2018

MEQUON — Building and site plans for a building with a restaurant and offices and another with 96 apartment units earned unanimous approval from the Mequon Planning Commission.

Both projects in the Town Center area will be part of the 14-acre Foxtown project on the south side of Mequon Road.

The overall development aims to transform a largely blighted property into restaurants, retail, office space, apartments and a “pocket neighborhood” of single-family homes. Work already has begun to restore a mid-1800s brewery and an addition to Spectrum Investment Advisors, 6329 W. Mequon Road.

The development is across the street from the Spur 16 development, which already is underway between the railroad tracks and the Public Safety building.

The most recent building and site plan approvals are for:

Foxtown Commons, a 96-unit apartment project at 1127 N. Industrial Drive. The apartments will have an average size of 1,274 square feet. There will be a mix of 36 one-bedroom apartments, 27 two-bedroom apartments and 33 three-bedroom apartments. The P2 Development Co. project will occupy four acres. The development will include an indoor pool.

Improvements in the surrounding area will include on-street parking and sidewalks along Industrial Drive, according to a memo from Jac Zader, Mequon’s assistant director of Community Development.

City staff worked with the applicant on the building design over the last several months.

“The applicant did a nice job in creating an urban streetscape pattern along the roadway by incorporating individual walk-up stairways and porches along Industrial Drive,” Zader wrote.

There will be a total of 207 on-site parking spaces. The majority will be underground and intended for tenants. There will be some above-ground guest parking. The parking count does not include the planned public spots on Industrial Drive.

The Planning Commission’s unanimous approval of the building and site plans included a request that the landscaping plan return for review once it is completed.

A restaurant and second-floor office space in a 13,000-square-foot building that will be built directly east of 6411 W. Mequon Road. The building will include a 6,900-square-foot restaurant on the first floor with offices on the second floor. The applicant is architect Stephen Perry Smith.

The second-floor offices will include space for Fromm Family Foods, whose owner Tom Nieman is part of the development team for the Foxtown project.

Much of the discussion of the project centered on parking. The plan shows a total of 83 parking spots, which is sufficient for demand except in summer during dinner hours on weekends. However, the applicant has entered into a shared parking agreement with Spectrum Investments to the south. Spectrum will provide access to an additional 36 spaces on nights and weekends.

According to Zader’s memo, those additional spaces “will provide a more than adequate supply of parking spaces during all periods of high demand.”

Developers expect to begin work on the project in the next few weeks.

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