4th extension granted for empty Washington Avenue parcel
7,030-square-foot building slated to have a drive-thru

By Christina Luick

Aug. 13, 2019

 The parcel just south of Walgreens on Washington Avenue in Cedarburg was once
home to a Russ Darrow car dealership.

Photo by Mark Justesen

CEDARBURG — The vacant lot at W62 N180 N186 Washington Ave., south of Walgreens will remain vacant for now.

The Cedarburg Plan Commission approved a fourth extension to Concord Development for a site, architectural, landscaping and lighting plan approval for a multi-tenant building and a conditional use permit for a restaurant with a drive-thru.

“Since nothing’s changed in the area and the zoning hasn’t changed at all, staff has no objection to this extension subject to the original conditions of the plans,” City Planner Jon Censky told the commission Aug. 5.

Censky said multiple extensions aren’t uncommon.

“The code does permit an extension on an annual basis,” he said.

The plans were originally approved at a Plan Commission meeting Aug. 3, 2015, according to the report by Censky. A one-year extension was granted June of 2016, a second in August 2017 and a third in August of 2018.

The proposal was for a 7,030-square-fooot multi-tenant building with a restaurant located in the north tenant space, according to the minutes of a commission meeting in 2015. There would be a 27-stall parking lot located in the front of the building as well as 21 stalls behind.

“Architecturally, the plans are designed to complement the look of the Walgreens building in terms of colors, design and material,” according to the minutes.

The plans in 2015 also proposed a one-way lane extending from the front parking lot along the south side of the building that wraps around the east side and leads to a drive-thru window on the north elevation.

“Traffic is then directed through the parking lot to the site’s driveways,” according to the 2015 commission minutes. “Access to the back parking lot will be from the Walgreen’s drive over a shared access easement.”

Andrew Petzold, president and CEO of Concord Development Company, could not be reached for comment before deadline.