While a number of specifics still need fleshing out, Delafield could
be the first Wisconsin community to host a proposed commuter station
for passengers using park-and-ride lots.
Department of Transportation, which oversees park-and-rides across
the state for motorists using busing for mass transit, has
approached city officials with a proposed building of about 5,000
square feet at its Nagawaukee lot off Golf Road.
officials went before the city Plan Commission on Wednesday to
revisit the proposal, which was initially discussed a year ago.
Commissioners did not take any formal action, though most of the
members were receptive to the plan in concept.
transportation analyst with Wis-DOT, said the state agency is not
planning to oversee the project. A developer, who would receive a
contract through a bidding process, instead would handle the task
and receive oversight of the day-to-day operations of the site.
mapping out where the structure would be placed on the lot — the
easternmost portion — renderings of the facility have yet to be
produced. Furdek said the developer would handle such details as
exterior and interior design elements and related issues.
“Our goal is to
enhance transportation,” Furdek said. “This concept is something
that hasn't been done in the state.”
Atwell, who chairs the Plan Commission, said he was concerned about
the process of approving a project before renderings have been
developers,” Furdek responded.
the proposed site would have a retail component in addition to other
features, including an indoor waiting area for park-and-ride users
waiting for buses.
discussions included accommodations for a drive-thru. On Wednesday,
commissioners said they desired a tenant mix beyond restaurants.
looking for a commuter service station — not a food court,” said
Alderman Tim Aicher, who serves on the Plan Commission.
construction takes place, the commission and Common Council will
undertake further reviews and, ultimately, make a motion on the
proposal. A timeline for the next steps was not etched in stone at
Roger Dupler said he was not prepared to offer a recommendation on
WisDOT's proposal as submitted, but he was optimistic that an
agreement could eventually be reached.
Wednesday, commissioners gave a favorable recommendation to site
plan and architectural details for a proposed automotive specialty
shop envisioned for land at 710 Milwaukee St.
Michael Drees said he plans to construct a building on the
7,200-square-foot lot, most of which is currently vacant. The new
facility is aimed at complimenting a nearby American Classic
also entail razing a garage on the southerly portion of the lot to
accommodate the new construction.
Dupler said he
favored the architectural details of the new building, noting the
proposed exterior materials “aesthetically replicate an appearance
that is uniquely Delafield.”
submittal to the city did not include an operations plan. When
pressed by commissioners, he said he anticipated operating the shop
from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays once it is up and running.