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News & Notes: March 13

March 13, 2013

Common Council approves

zone changes for Outpost

Mequon - Following a public hearing Tuesday, the Mequon Common Council approved zone changes to allow for a grocery store to be built on the corner of Wauwatosa and Mequon Roads.

A 1.75-acre portion of land at 11234 Wauwatosa Road, 7512 W. Mequon road and two adjacent properties located east and west of 7512 W. Mequon Road were rezoned from suburban residential to neighborhood commercial to allow for a 16,700-square-foot Outpost Natural Foods Store. The store will operate from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week and will ultimately employ 60 people - 24 full time and 36 part-time employees.

Fire requirements

in subdivision amended

Mequon - Officials in Mequon have amended a development agreement for homes constructed within the Uplands Subdivision that is situated along Bonniwell Road.

The city had required that homes within the seven-lot subdivision have fire suppression systems installed at the homeowner's expense. The agreement has been changed to allow for an escrow fund that all property owners would pay into to fund fire protection.

Fire Chief David Bialk was on board with the proposal, citing similar scenarios in other new subdivisions within Mequon.

The Plan Commission voted in favor of the amendment Monday, and the Common Council followed suit Tuesday.

Officials reviewing ordinances

on historic buildings

Mequon - The Mequon Committee of the Whole on Tuesday amended the city code to give groups an opportunity to convert historic buildings into other uses.

The discussion comes after organizers with the Friends of the Jonathan Clark House have discussed converting the dwelling, 13615 N. Cedarburg Road, from a historic building to a museum.

Members of the Plan Commission and Common Council had a first reading of the text amendments at this week's meeting, before the COW approved it. A second and final reading will take place next month.

City code could be amended

to allow for microbreweries

Mequon - The Mequon Committee of the Whole approved language within city code that would allow for microbreweries in narrowly defined circumstances. The discussion comes after a review of wineries.

As proposed, a microbrewery, according to city standards, would require an establishment produce less than 3,500 barrels of beer per year. At least 75 percent of the beer would be sold off site.

A first reading of the language was reviewed this week by members of the Plan Commission and Common Council, before the COW passed the ordinance change Tuesday. Council Member Pam Adams said they should add distilleries to the list, which will be looked at in the future.

A public hearing and final action will be taken next month.

Commissioners OK

Joey Gerard's sign

Mequon - Owners of the Joey Gerard's eatery have been given the authority to retain a second sign that has been mounted outside the business, which anchors the Riversite Center development at 11120 and 11140 N. Cedarburg Road.

The Bartolotta-owned supper club had been given authority to place one large sign outside the development, but mounted a second sign without the proper permit and amendment from city code in place.

Staff in the Mequon Zoning and Planning Department had recommended denying Bartolotta's request for the additional signage, citing a lack of hardship, but commissioners ruled against the recommendation on a 5-1 vote.

General Manager Peter Donahue said the additional signage will be beneficial since it will direct customers where specifically Joey Gerard's is within the development.

Proposed research, development

facility on hold in Mequon

Mequon - Talks of a start-up research and development facility that could potentially employ as many as 50 people are on hold for the immediate future.

Representatives from Major Pharmaceuticals were to have come before the Mequon Plan Commission on Monday, but requested to have a review of their building and site plan tabled until a later date.

Major's tentative plans include a two-story, 79,000-square-foot facility within the Mequon Business Park at a space near Executive Drive and Commerce Street.

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