WEST BEND — An envisioned
63-acre future industrial park on West Bend’s far southeast side
could grow to more than 210 acres, a top city leader confirmed on
That’s if steps to acquire an additional swath of rural farmland in
the neighboring Town of Trenton go smoothly.
An agenda for next week’s Common Council meeting notes elected West
Bend leaders on Monday could consider authorizing a purchase
agreement for the vast, 153-acre area near the corner of County NN
and River Road.
Detailed terms of the agreement weren’t available on the city’s
website Thursday. But City Administrator Jay Shambeau said it could
involve annexing the territory and combining it with an additional nearby property the city has already eyed for industrial
The land outlined in Monday’s agreement is just south of a 63-acre
parcel the city annexed earlier this year. Shambeau said while some
terms related to the new property still need hammering out, plans
call for combining both areas into an industrial park — zoned for
heavy industry — that could someday measure about 215 acres.
“It definitely is a big deal for the city,” he said, noting the
potential to add new space for future developments in West Bend
could be key to helping the city attract and keep new and existing
“We’re hopeful that this will provide a path for keeping existing
companies here in West Bend,” he said.
Shambeau declined to specify a potential purchase price for the new
property, and West Bend Mayor Kraig Sadownikow declined comment
Thursday when contacted by a reporter. Mark Piotrowicz, the city’s
development director, wasn’t available when a reporter tried calling
his office late Thursday afternoon.
The envisioned industrial park would be just south of a housing
subdivision near the corner of River and Rusco roads. Residents
protested moves by the city this year to enact zoning changes they
said would invite heavy industry just off their back yards, though
city leaders pointed out larger industrial developments already
One of those residents, Scott Mindel, on Thursday said the
possibility the city could expand the park’s footprint even further
left him worried about the potential for even bigger industrial
neighbors in the future.
“This whole process has me very jaded,” Mindel, who’d spoken in
opposition to the earlier industrial park zoning plans this year,
said this week. He said he remains worried about how future
developments might impact his and neighbors’ wells — as well as what
it might do to their property values.
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