Part of Foxtown clears hurdle
Buildings will house retail, offices, suites

By Gary Achterberg - Special to the News Graphic

May 21, 2019

 Industrial Drive off of Mequon Road was a whirl of activity Monday as crews worked on multiple facets of developments headed for the area.
Photo 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 Town Center.

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 ago.

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 early summer.

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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