West Bend leaders OK steps for Kwik Trip in city's northeast corner

By McLean Bennett

June 19, 2019

WEST BEND — Common Council members here this week took a few key steps toward permitting construction of a new Kwik Trip gas station and convenience store on the city’s far northeast side.

The city still needs to hammer out a development agreement with the company, but elected officials on Monday night authorized zoning and comprehensive plan changes to a small parcel near the corner of Washington Street and Schoenhaar Drive. The moves would pave the way for the future construction, which Mayor Kraig Sadownikow said would involve razing an existing gas station and replacing it with one of the ubiquitous Kwik Trips.

The new gas station could mean building a set of traffic signals at the Schoenhaar-Washington intersection — a move Sadownikow said he questioned. He noted an existing set of signals at the nearby intersection of Washington Street and River Road.

Asked by a council member whether the two nearby sets of stoplights could be coordinated to change in sync with each other, possibly easing traffic concerns, city engineer Max Marechal said doing so was possible.

City Administrator Jay Shambeau said Monday construction could kick off by next year if next steps move smoothly.

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