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Meijer Opposition Will Have A Chance To Voice Concerns

Village administrator Jeremy Smith says concerns will be vetted through public meetings, hearings.

Residents opposed to the Meijer store project because of traffic and safety concerns will have an opportunity to have their voice heard throughout the process, Village administrator Jeremy Smith said on Thursday.  

"Concerns from the public are aways taken into account," he said during a phone interview. "There are a series of meetings where people get a chance to have staff look at their concerns and … we do our best to take them into account." 

The store, to be located at Highways K and 164, will be about 200,000-square-foot complex that will consist of grocery, retail and pharmacy. The store plans to hire 200 to 250 employees and will also include a gas station on the premise. 

A flier opposing the project was circulated throughout the village and the Town of Lisbon last weekend, according to Sussex Sun. The paper also noted that an opposition meeting was to be held Wednesday night at the Pauline Haass Library. It is unclear whether that meeting occurred. 

An message sent by Sussex.Patch.com to an email address on the flier was not answered. 

The flier indicated that residents are concerned with the large retailer coming to town because of the "impact will have on (the) quality of life because of increased traffic, increased crime, noisy semi-trucks making night deliveries, increased taxes to pay for roads, sewers and the need for additional police." 

The company has about 200 stores in the Midwest and plans to open three other stores in the Milwaukee metro area.

"This is not unique to Sussex. There is an organized campaign going on in every community that Meijer is attempting to come in to to stop them," Smith said. "We don't know if it is a competitor of Meijer … but there's someone from out of our area attempting to impact Meijer's capabilities of advancing into this market place." 

Village leadership and officials will be not be swayed by an outside force to stop competition, Smith added. 

Smith noted the Plan Commission, Architectural Review Board, Tree Board and Village Board will play a role in shaping this project. Public hearings will also be scheduled throughout the process.  

"The developer has expressed a great interest in trying to address concerns as well," he said. 

The paper also said the "flier points out that the proposed gas station and grocery/household goods stores are slated to be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week." 

Smith said that Sussex is home to several businesses that are open 24 hours a day. 

Mike B October 07, 2012 at 01:31 PM
The way this was handled, I wouldn't be surprised if it was a competitor or someone with past troubles with those stores. I highly doubt a local group of people that live near the area would have taken thousands of fliers around in the way it was done. And no, I don't believe any of the stuff listed as being valid. That area is not a residential area at all. Even if trucks drive by, no one would here them. Map: http://goo.gl/maps/gqRrY The closest houses are across Hwy 164 and around 200 yards back from the road so there would be no impact at all. I don't know anything about Meijer stores, but I almost hope this goes through just to spite whoever the idiots are spreading the lies for their own agenda.
Lisa Schmeckpeper October 08, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Not a residential area? Are you looking at the same map I am? To the west of this property is all residential. There is some green space in back of it....but beyond that its all residential as well. Good luck to the seven stones development. They have new condos to sell and I wouldn't purchase one knowing this store is going in. I live 1/2 mi west of 164 on K and I don't want or need this store. The dump & semi trucks that travel K now are annoying enough. Takes me 5 minutes just to wait for traffic to get out of my driveway as it is. Why doesn't Sussex put this development off 164 and main where all the other developments and shopping are? Leave our residential areas rural! I have 3 pick n' Save's and walmart/costco/aldi/etc within 2 miles of me in every direction. Why is this needed here? We need more low paying jobs?
Terri H. October 08, 2012 at 11:18 PM
I come from a much larger city than even Waukesha, when it comes to shopping, the stores around here are sorely lacking in some things, Once the Walmart Super Center went in Germantown, went there a lot, but now that Woodman's is close, I go there, but only about 1 a month. I have to settle with Pick n' Save, which I don't like, If this store is as it says it is, I think it would be great. Think it is time that Pick n' Save have a competitor to hopefully lower some of the prices that they have. For the idea of it disrupting the residents, what about all the Quad semi's that go through town? Or the dump trucks that frequent the same roads? I think those people that don't want the store around are barking up the wrong tree. If you really want a rural area, I think you need to move further north, there you can have miles between neighbors, all the peace and quiet that you need.
Karen October 19, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Its probably PNS doing the spreading of fliers. Im sure they are afraid of some competition.
M C October 19, 2012 at 06:05 PM
I'd like to know more, but it seems like a great opportunity for Sussex to me. I agree that shopping options around here are very limited, and I would also LOVE to have a 24 hour store around. I did see the flyer and don't share its concerns. The corner under consideration is next to the large commercial office park development. Seems a perfect place for a bigger store, and should invigorate activity at the office park/retail location as well. The flyer mentions increased crime. Come on, why does a grocery store increase crime? I also just don't see the issues with traffic and trucks that some have mentioned. As others have noted, we get Quad Graphics trucks and especially dump trucks all day long. The trucking for a store like this would not even compare at all to that. And what does it matter if we get trucks on 164 or Lisbon anyway. Those are roads designed for all types of vehicles. As to the cost of the store to the village, I'd like to hear from our officials on that. I would assume that the store would not cost the village, but would provide greater income to the village overall. And the ripple effect on other area stores and restaurants could also be beneficial if Sussex becomes a destination for outside shoppers. As long as we keep that traffic on the 164 corridor it sounds good to me. Now if they would just raise the speed limit to 55 mph on 164…
Adles October 22, 2012 at 03:07 AM
Man if the speed is raised to 55, we need to put in some stop lights on the Lindsy & 164 intersection - I almost got killed there a few weeks ago - that intersection is insane in the morning.

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