to the parking lot between City Hall and the former
Logemann Center will add 43 spots.
Photo by Mark Justesen
MEQUON — Since the first phase of the Mequon Town Center
opened nearly four years ago, an often-heard complaint
is that it’s difficult to park there.
That should change later this year when significant
upgrades to the adjacent parking lot behind Mequon City
Hall are completed.
The Common Council earlier this month approved the
$922,874 low bid for a reconstruction project that will
add 43 spots to the lot that runs west from City Hall to
the site where the Logemann Center was demolished late
In addition to adding more parking, the lot will be
well-lit and include amenities to make it more
“It will be more convenient, comfortable and safe,” said
Kim Tollefson, Mequon’s director of Community
About 43 percent of the cost will funded by the city’s
tax increment financing district for the Town Center. A
“green solutions” grant from the Milwaukee Metropolitan
Sewerage District will cover 33 percent. About 24
percent will be paid for by the current owners of Mequon
Town Center I.
The number of available public parking spots in the Town
Center neighborhood will increase from 136 to 179. That
is 11 more than the minimum recommendation included in a
parking study the city commissioned when it was
considering future uses for the Logemann site.
The cost of the reconstruction is about 15-percent less
than the first time the city sought bids for the work.
Much of the savings resulted from the city’s Department
of Public Works removing trees and other vegetation from
the site, which was part of the first bid package.
Once the lot is reconfigured and expanded, city
officials plan to make several related changes:
■ Employees of Town Center businesses will be encouraged
to park along Cedarburg Road. Tollefson said many
visitors to the businesses may not be aware they can
park there. There are 40 spots on both sides of the road
between the entrance to Mequon Town Center I north to
the Frank L. Weyenberg Library.
Tollefson told aldermen that the property owner
conducted its own study of parking at Mequon Town Center
I. They found more employees than they expected were
using the parking lot closest to the businesses. They
also learned many residents of the apartment units were
choosing to park in the surface lots, rather than
assigned indoor parking. Some cars had not been
moved for several days.
Alderman Brian Schneider said it is in the property
owner’s interest to fix that problem.
“With the addition of Spur 16 and Foxtown, I assume
those businesses (in MTC 1) will realize they’d better
make their employees park somewhere else – or they’re
going to lose business to the next development down,” he
said. “I think they’ll learn the hard way if they don’t
■ Concerns voiced by the adjacent Howard J. Schroeder
American Legion Post have been addressed. The post will
be able to cordon off parking in its lot and nearby
portions of the adjacent lot for special events.
■ Parking in the MTC 1 lot reserved for a specific
business will be phased out as leases are renewed.
■ In some cases, vehicles assigned to City Hall will be
relocated to provide more accessible parking to the
The total project cost for the renovation works out to
be about $5,155 for each of the 179 parking spaces.
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