City annexes future industrial land
63 acres on far southeast side

By McLean Bennett

April 4, 2019

WEST BEND — The city just got a little bigger.

The Common Council this week approved a nearly 63-acre annexation on the city’s far southeast side, adding property from the neighboring Town of Trenton in a move elected leaders here are hoping could spur potential industrial development someday.

The currently vacant land sits along South River Road, just south of Rusco Road.

The L-shaped parcel is currently farmland, according to annexation documents filed with the city before Monday night’s council vote. The city is planning to zone the property for heavy industrial use.

Mayor Kraig Sadownikow said this week there isn’t a development proposal yet for the property, but he said the county and township had already envisioned industrial development there someday.

“Our inventory on industrial property is pretty light in the city,” Sadownikow said, highlighting the newly acquired parcel’s importance as West Bend looks for new parcels to grow manufacturing and other industrial footprints.

There are still a few lots available in municipal industrial parks, as well as some space for new developments near the city’s south-side Walmart, he said.

“But for pure industrial buildings, especially in what I would call ‘larger’ acreages — six, seven acres up to maybe 20 or 30 acres — we’re really, very limited.”

The mayor said the city could consider purchasing the property outright at some point, but the annexation would at least bring it under West Bend’s territory — and eventually onto the city’s tax rolls.