Industrial Drive off of Mequon Road
was a whirl of activity Monday as crews worked on multiple
facets of developments headed for the area.
by Mark Justesen
MEQUON — The Mequon Planning
Commission gave unanimous approval May 13 to two three-story
buildings that will be part of the Foxtown Development in Mequon’s
After a brief presentation and discussion, commissioners voted
unanimously to approve the building and site plans for the two
buildings at 11124 N. Industrial Road that will be part of the
Foxtown development starting to take shape on the south side of
Mequon Road in the city’s Town Center.
One of the buildings will house retail businesses on the first floor
and offices on the second and third floors. The other building also
will have retail businesses on the first floor. The second floor
will be for offices. The third floor will be extended-stay suites.
These uses are what were proposed in the initially submitted concept
plans, other than that the extended- stay suites have been scaled
back to one floor and replaced by office space. The Common Council
approved the mixed-use planned unit development more than a year
One change from the initial concept plans involves elevating the
buildings, facing a renovated Industrial Drive, which will feature
street parking, sidewalks and streetlights.
Due to issues with grading and groundwater, the buildings will be
elevated slightly from street level. Access will be from several
small stairways from the sidewalk to a walkway in front of the
buildings. There will be ramps on either end on the front side to
provide Americans with Disability Act access.
“The elevation of the building will establish a consistent look
along the road since the apartment buildings across the street also
(will) have elevated first-floor access,” Jac Zader, Mequon’s
assistant director of Community Development, wrote in a report to
the Planning Commission.
The site will include 123 surface parking stalls and a 68-spot
underground parking facility. That is an increase of 32 parking
spots from the initial concept plan.
During the discussion, Commissioner James Schaefer, who is an
architect, voiced his approval.
“I really like the design,” Schaefer said, referring to the
planned combination of brick and cedar shingles. “It really looks
nice. It really makes the building pop.”
The two buildings discussed May 13 are just part of the overall
Foxtown development, which is the third phase of development in
Mequon’s Town Center neighborhood.
The first phase, which includes Café Hollander and the
three-building development that houses numerous retail businesses
and parking, along with the relocated American Legion hall, has been
open for about four years.
The second phase – Spur 16 – is in the process of opening now. The
first tenants have moved into the townhomes along Buntrock Avenue.
Three additional buildings with about 50 apartments each will be
opening over the course of this summer and fall. A yoga and Pilates
studio has been open in a renovated city building for several
months. St. Paul Fish Co. just celebrated its grand opening this
past weekend. And, the 10-vendor Mequon Public Market will open in
Significant work is happening across the street on Foxtown, a
17-acre development that is largely transforming a blighted property
that stretches south from Mequon Road between the railroad tracks to
the east and Buntrock Avenue to the west.
In addition to the two buildings that cleared a Planning Commission
hurdle May 13, work is well under way toward renovating the historic
brewery at the intersection of Mequon Road and Buntrock Avenue. The
project ultimately will include the Argentos restaurant, a beer
hall, 23 single-family homes and 96 apartments.
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