Delafield Chick-fil-A nears approval
Commission approves amending development agreement

By Kelly Smith - Special to Conley Media

Feb. 28, 2019

DELAFIELD — The developers of a proposed Chick-fil-A near the Interstate 94/Highway 83 interchange cleared a couple of major hurdles Wednesday night in their race to have the restaurant built at The Shoppes of Nagawaukee shopping center before Christmas.

The Plan Commission, on a nearly unanimous voice vote, approved amending a 25-year-old development agreement that will allow the restaurant and a multi-use commercial building to be built on a 2.5 acre parcel west of the Holiday Inn Express at the intersection of Golf Road and Golf Court.

If the commission had not approved the amendment, there was a possibility the development could not be built because the plans failed, by less than one acre, to meet open space requirements spelled out in the agreement governing the 46-acre shopping complex.

During last month’s meeting, Commissioners Dan Jashinski, Laura Schult and James Reiher raised questions about why the city should accept the request of the developer, the Georgia-based Wallace Group, to amend the agreement written in 1993 when TOLD Development of Waukesha began construction of the shopping center.

Jashinsky was absent from Wednesday night’s meeting and Reiher was among those who cast a voice vote for the amendment. Schult did not vote.

Commissioner and Alderman Tim Aicher, who is also Common Council president, said it was “not too much to ask” that the development agreement be amended since most of the landlords on the property had respected open space requirements.

Commissioner David Greenway added it would be unfair to penalize Chick-fil-A because most of the allowable open space has been consumed by the previous developments in the shopping center.

T he commission also approved a general development agreement including general plans for the development that will include the 5,000-square-foot restaurant and 7,500-square-foot commercial building.

The Common Council is expected to accept the commission’s recommendations possibly as early as next week.

Brian Randall, an attorney for the developers, has told the city he hopes to have final approvals on the project in time for construction to begin in August or September so construction is completed before Christmas shopping begins in the two-million- square-foot shopping complex that includes Kohl’s, Best Buy, Marshall’s, and dozens of other retail and service stores.

Referendum for roundabout

City voters will be asked in the April 2 spring election to approve a referendum authorizing $1.3 million in road improvements at the intersection of Golf Road and Golf Court.

City officials are emphasizing shopping center landlords will pay for the improvements — construction of a roundabout — through special tax assessments.

Wallace Development Group has agreed to pay the city $650,000 for the cost of the roundabout.

The developer has also indicated they might be willing to use that money for the construction of traffic lights in the event the referendum failed.

The referendum is required by city ordinance because the roundabout project exceeds $1 million.

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