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Ashwaubenon businesses get changes approved

By Press Times Staff

Additions approved for Margarita’s, Lodge Kohler

ASHWAUBENON – Site plans for building additions at two businesses were approved Tuesday, Feb. 2, by the village’s Site Plan Review Committee.

The committee backed a plan to enclose the existing outdoor patio along the east side of Margarita’s at 1241 Lombardi Access Road.

The approved enclosure will create a four-seasons dining area of approximately 1,096 square feet with the materials consisting primarily of glass overhead garage doors with stone veneer and stucco/exterior insulation finishing system accents, along with a clay tile roof, similar to the existing building exterior.

Because of social distancing going on during the COVID-19 pandemic, Community Development Director Aaron Schuette said customers this winter have had to wait outside the restaurant in vehicles before being served.

Lodge Kohler

Committee members also approved a plan for Lodge Kohler to expand the spa area of its existing hotel at 1950 S. Ridge Road by approximately 550 square feet.

The expansion plan calls for using exterior materials with brick veneer, precast masonry banding and storefront windows consistent with the existing building.

The addition will not result in changes to the parking lot.

Signage approved for Steinhafels to locate in former Younkers

The village board agreed Jan. 26 to amend Bay Park Square’s planned unit development (PUD) ordinance for signage related to Steinhafels Furniture moving into the former Younkers building on the mall’s south end.

This drawing depicts where signs will be located on the south end of the Steinhafels furniture store in the Bay Park Square’s former Younkers building. Submitted Illustration

Schuette said the building will have signage on the three exterior elevations on the south, east and west.

“We’ve worked with Steinhafels to come to what we think is a pretty good approach for signage on this property,” he said.

Steinhafels purchased the Younkers building and plans to use half of the first floor and the entire second floor for a new furniture store with the remaining half of the first floor leased to a future tenant.

The new primary signage includes two signs for Steinhafels and one for a future tenant on the exterior elevations, while the amendment also permits secondary signage for mattresses and furniture on the west elevation, as well as a smaller superstore sign above the main entrance on the south.

Schuette said he believes the PUD amendment will “balance nicely the need for their marketing as well as what we’re looking for in terms of overall aesthetic of the area.”

He said the signage and entrance for the future tenant would be on the building’s east side facing Holmgren Way.

In December, the village’s Site Plan Review Committee approved a site plan for Steinhafels to make exterior improvements by adding windows to the exterior elevations and a skylight to allow daylight into the building.

Kidney care

In other action, the board backed a site plan requested by Fresenius Kidney Care to remodel an existing single-story building with more than 11,000 square feet at 2240 Holmgren Way into a medical office for kidney dialysis.

The improvements include repaving and striping the parking lot, remodeling the interior, new signage, reconfiguring exterior doors and a new exterior color scheme.

“The parking lot improvements will allow for more parking spaces and will improve accessibility,” said building inspector Katie Lima.

Site plan backed for new auto body shop in Ashwaubenon

Last month the village’s Site Plan Review Committee approved a plan to allow Caliber Collision to repurpose an existing building at 3095 Market St. and the vacant portion of property at 901 Parkview Road for use as a new auto body shop.

Schuette said the footprint of the building will stay the same with the exterior renovations, including the addition of overhead doors, as well as minor alterations to service doors and windows with the exterior of the building being painted.

He said fencing with privacy slats will be added around the property with gates on the north and south sides of the building.

Schuette said a paved, fenced vehicle storage yard will be added to the north of the building on the parcel at 901 Parkview under the same ownership.

“At some point in the future, the applicant is planning to add a rental business, car rental, that would need to go before the village board and planning commission for a conditional use permit,” he said.

Schuette said the future car rental business would be located on a lot in a corner of the property.

He said signage on the auto body shop will involve a separate permit.

Schuette said he doesn’t expect any issues with upkeep, which has been a problem on another property in the village, because Caliber Collision is a national chain “very proud of how they keep their premises.”

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