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Plans backed for Midwest Expansion retail project

By Kevin Boneske
Staff Writer

ASHWAUBENON – Two multi-tenant retail buildings are being proposed at the site where the Hardee’s and Golden Shell gas station were torn down at 2760 S. Oneida St.

The village’s Site Plan Review Committee and Plan Commission reviewed plans Tuesday, April 7, for the first of two buildings Midwest Expansion wants to construct there.

The committee backed a site plan for the first building, and the commission recommended the village board approve a Planned Unit Development (PUD) zoning overlay.

Community Development Director Aaron Schuette said the plans call for construction to start in June on the first building, with work beginning next winter on the second building.

“Building No. 2 would come before Site Plan Review Committee at some point in the near future,” he said.

To facilitate the development, Schuette said Midwest Expansion requested a PUD to have a reduced front- and side-yard setback for the first building, to be located at the corner of South Oneida Street and Phoenix Way, while the second building would meet the village’s standard setback requirements.

He said the front-yard setback along South Oneida Street would be reduced from 35 feet to 12 feet, 4 inches, while the side-yard setback along Phoenix Way would be reduced from 25 feet to 12 feet, 6 inches.

Schuette said reducing those setbacks would be consistent with the vision the village has for redevelopment.

“I think having a 35-foot yard setback along our primary corridor… it creates wasted space,” he said. “Either it’s wasted space or else we have parking lots in front, which is really not the image we’re looking to go toward as a community.”

Schuette said he doesn’t have a problem with reducing the setback for the project along Oneida Street, which would stay out of vision along Phoenix Way.

He said the exterior materials for the first building include a mixture of block, engineered lap siding and an exterior insulation and finish system.

Schuette said the PUD overlay would allow reductions and certain setback and green space requirements to facilitate the redevelopment of the vacant site.

He said 123 parking stalls are planned at the site to exceed the minimum requirement of necessary for both buildings of 108.

Schuette said the project plans call for reducing the driveway access points for the site from two to one on Phoenix Way and from three to two on South Oneida Street.

The PUD will be considered for final approval by the village board at its April 28 meeting.

Sherwin-Williams addition

In other action, the committee approved a site plan for Sherwin-Williams at 1053 Waube Lane to build a 2,175-square-foot addition.

The planned addition for the commercial paint store would be used primarily for warehousing and extend the east wall approximately 25 feet further east into the existing green space.

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