DELAFIELD — A proposed
development including doctors’ offices, medical clinics, a small
hospital, senior living center, and a hotel, near the interchange of
Hwy C and Interstate 94, has earned positive reviews from neighbors.
The meeting at City Hall Wednesday night was the first time in
at least two decades that neighbors and developers had an amicable
discussion about a development proposal near the interchange that
might have a chance of city approval.
About a half dozen previous proposals were blocked by neighborhood
opposition following meetings with developers that nearly evolved
into shouting matches.
According to the plans, a half dozen one- and two-story buildings
housing medical offices and clinics will be scattered throughout the
27-acre development site along Indian Spring Drive, immediately
south of the interchange.
A 15-room hospital, 60-bed senior living center and 60- to 90-room
hotel would be clustered in the southeast corner of the woodlands
The plan envisions relocating the intersection of Indian Spring
Drive and Highway C, which state and local officials have wanted to
do for years.
The developers, MSI General and The Property Advisor, both of
Oconomowoc, will pay for streets, sidewalks, stormwater control and
city sewer services that will be extended beneath the interstate to
the development site.
The plan faces some significant zoning issues.
It is in a zoning district that does not permit hotels or allow
businesses to operate 24 hours a day, a necessity for the hospital,
senior living center, and hotel operations.
However, neighbors interviewed by Conley Media after the meeting
praised the developers for being polite, respectful and willing to
“I like the plan,” said Jim Zahorik.
He and his wife, Mary, operate a nursery near the site and are
veterans of city development battles.
“I like the way it is laid out. I like the idea of the buildings
being kept to one and two story,” said Lynda Holton.
She and her husband Gerry have helped block previous proposals.
“But I have concerns about the 24/7 hours and the hotel,” she added.
“I will give them (the developers) credit. They have respected the
land and they have respected the neighbors,” added Plan Commissioner
Laura Schult, who lives in the neighborhood.
However, John Kircher and Nicholas Cera warned the developers the
hotel is a “big concern.”
The neighbors are concerned about the potential traffic and noise
pollution that might be generated by weddings and other large events
that would be held in the hotel.
Dirk J. Debbink, chairman and CEO of MSI General, told the neighbors
most of the hotel customers will be patients, family members, and
medical professionals, although the hotel will available to the
Debbink later told Conley Media small hotels and hospitals are among
the latest trend in the development of medical service campuses.
The small hospitals provide a comfortable and efficient venue for
some specialized medical procedures and the hotel compliments the
operations of both the hospital and the senior living facility,
according to Debbink.
There is another potential glitch.
Waukesha County officials want the improvements on Highway C
included in the proposal paid for by bonds issued by the city,
according to Debbink.
However, if the estimated cost of the city financed road project
exceeded $1 million, it would have to be approved in a referendum,
according to city ordinance.
The project would be jeopardized if the referendum failed.
Debbink said the developers would prefer to pay for the road
improvements without government assistance.