MaryAnn Winter of West Bend waits to cross Water Street
with her dog, Cheyanne,
near the former Gehl site Tuesday afternoon in West
John Ehlke/Daily News
WEST BEND — West Bend officials are modifying how they
designate parcels near the downtown area to accommodate
a proposed development that will occur on the site.
Members of the Common Council voted to approve a
certified survey map during their meeting Dec. 3. The
measure combines several lots into one and dedicates the
needed remaining right of way for Forest Avenue at the
former Gehl site located at the southwest corner of
Water Street and Forest Avenue.
“We are just asking the council to endorse that, so we
can record it and redevelop that property,” Business and
Development Planner James Reinke said.
A certified survey map outlines the boundaries of
properties, identify where one parcel begins and another
ends. It must be made official before development can
begin at the location.
There have been several measures introduced at council
meetings in the past concerning the location. At one of
the October meetings, members approved a second purchase
agreement for the property for the developer,
representatives from Van Horn Real Estate, essentially
granting them exclusive rights to the location in
exchange for a promise to develop the location.
Aside from combining several parcels, the certified
survey map allows for the improvement of a street
adjacent to the development.
“There are some remaining improvements that need to be
done for the land to be developed, replacement of the
road along Forest Avenue,” Development Director Mark
Piotrowicz said in October.
Developers want to construct several structures on the
property, a mix of commercial and residential spaces.
The plan had been for two buildings for the north end
portion of the area, both commercial, along with an
accompanying parking lot.
At the time, Piotrowicz estimated the footprint to be
12,000 square feet for one and 15,000 feet for the
The southern part would consist of residential spaces,
Officials had been hoping to locate a developer for the
property, especially since it is within a tax
incremental finance district. The projected value of the
development is about $20 million, and with a tax rate of
$21 per mill, officials can expect to receive about
$400,000 in additional annual property tax revenue.
New purchase agreement approved for
former Gehl site