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