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Meijer Store Proposal Concerns Some Town Residents

About a dozen Town of Lisbon residents voice their concerns during plan commission meeting.

A group of residents voiced their concerns over the proposed Meijer store during a Plan Commission meeting on Thursday night, according to the Sussex Sun

The paper is reporting that about a dozen people - most of whom are from the Town of Lisbon - told commissioners they are concerned with the "size of the building, amount of traffic it will generate, its proximity to an adjacent wetland, and plans to operate the super center and a gas station 24 hours a day and seven days a week."  

According to the paper, this is the first sign of "potential public opposition." A flier was circulated, indicating similar concerns, throughout the village earlier this month.  

The 200,000-square-foot store, which plans to hire 200 to 250 employees, will be about 60 percent grocery and also consist of retail and pharmacy. The store is proposed for the corner of Highways K and 164.  

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

A public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 23. That meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Village Hall. Two more public hearings are scheduled for Nov. 28, according to the paper. 

An open house will be held on Thursday to introduce the community to the proposed Meijer store in Sussex, according to the Sussex Sun.   

The paper is reporting the event will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. and 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Boneyard Pub & Grille. Community members will be able to view renderings and charts of the store while learning about the proposed store from company officials. 

Pete October 19, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Is the opposition from Lisbon or Lannon? Either way what do they have to say about what happens in Sussex?
Resident October 19, 2012 at 05:45 PM
FYI -- this piece of land is currently located in the Town of Lisbon but will be annexed to Sussex per the border agreement when developed. The land to the east and south will remain in Lisbon per the border agreement, which is why Lisbon neighboring property owners are likely concerned. Also another Sussex development in that area created flooding issues for Lisbon residents, resulting in the demolition of two homes. Again, another reason for Lisbon residents to be concerned with the impact this Meijer development will have on their properties.
dankwen October 19, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Pete, they would have nothing to say if the site was in downtown Sussex, but this is on the border surrounded by residential areas. This store is almost 2x the size of what is allowed so the the noise, traffic, and potential 24-hr crime is far beyond what these neighbors anticipated when they bought their properties. If this was going in downtown Sussex would the board be willing to rewrite all the rules? If not, it's a real 'up yours' to these neighbors.
I want Meijer October 19, 2012 at 11:00 PM
There's always potential for development of some kind when you CHOOSE to live on a busy road. I live on a road that was widened for a sidewalk. Lost about 20 ft. of land. Don't give me that crap about having a right to do anything on land that's not yours. Get over it.
Nancy K October 20, 2012 at 04:08 PM
"I want Meijer" many people who live in this are did not move into or build a house "on a busy road." Lifelong residents remember when this was a quiet community without worry of noise, traffic or crime. We have 2 grocery stores in Sussex, a Costco and WalMart down the road and a Sendik's a bit further on Capitol Drive. We don't NEED another super-mega-store in the area. You want that, go to Waukesha or Menomonee Falls.
Resident October 20, 2012 at 06:35 PM
CHOOSE to live on a busy road??? Hwy 164 f/k/a Cty Road J was a small country highway with no plans to make it a major highway when most of us moved here. It is unfortunate that these young folks move out here and then want to change it to something it isn't. And the comments about not enough shopping variety -- let's see, there are 2 Kohls, 2 Walmarts, Target, JC Penney, Best Buy, Fleet Farm, Steins, 2 Menards, 3 Pick n' Saves, 2 Aldi's, Costco, and a multitude of strip malls. Good grief, what more variety could one possibly want.
Jonathan October 20, 2012 at 09:55 PM
I am young and moved to the area because it was quiet, has a solid school system for future children, and is equidistant to both of my wife's work place and mine. I would like it to stay that way. I don't want the store or the crime. I do not believe there is anyone "young" on the board of any of the communities in discussions regarding this project. From a young person to whom it may concern, I like Sussex the way it is
Terri H. October 20, 2012 at 11:13 PM
Has anyone tried to pull out of an intersection while the "rush hour" vehicles are going through the village via Main St.? Talk about traffic trouble. As for a quiet village, where? We hear Sussex Inc. all the time, about the only time it is really quiet is on Sunday. There are also the trucks from Quad Graphics, so when it comes to noise, I would think you have nothing to say about the noise issue. For Meijer harming the village, how? They are going on the outskirts of Sussex, unlike Quad, who also ties up traffic when they are unloading train cars. So think about what is really the issue here.
I want Meijer October 21, 2012 at 01:37 PM
If you want things to remain the way they were 30 years ago, move North or West. If you think that land was going to remain a farm field forever, then I have a bridge to sell you. I want Meijer
I want Meijer October 21, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Congratulations, you just named all the stores withing about 30 square miles. Whats your point? Have you ever heard of COMPETITION?? It favors those who actually have to pay prices. Unless you're happy with the junk thats sold from Pick n Save.
I want Meijer October 21, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Jeremy Smith, village administrator is "young" He's also very much in favor of Meijer. Same can be said for most of the village board. Again, if you thought you were going to live in a quiet community thats only 20 miles from Milwaukee forever, see above reference about a bridge that"s for sale.
Resident October 21, 2012 at 05:11 PM
FYI -- all stores mentioned are within 7 miles -- not 30 miles as "I Want Meijer" seems to think. What more competition do you need? And apparently you've not shopped at Meijer before if you think they offer lower prices. More like Super Walmart with higher prices -- and Walmart's prices are not much lower than Pick 'n Save.
Adles October 22, 2012 at 02:37 AM
I don't know the Meijer's store brand, I hope it is a high quality one. I am excited that Costco moved in, the quality of their product is great and the people that work at Costco very nice. I am concerned about the size of this Meijer's store, it sounds like we are changing the store size rules in the sussex/pewaukee community to support it. I hope the local community has enough revenue to support it.
Adles October 22, 2012 at 02:47 AM
The question I have is what is going to be in down town sussex? I think part of the concern is that this is a big store that rules are being amended for, rules that all the other stores honored when they built. How many people are going to shop in downtown Sussex after it is built?.
TLPspot October 24, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Everyone here needs to show up at the meetings and send the money hungry officials e-mails indicating their displeasure. Look at the Cannery land....look at the old Zindl farm that is sitting vacant..Sussex had these big ideas about developing those parcels and what did we get...nothing but dirt hills. Why not build this by the Old Marchese's where there is already infrastructure to support such a place. I don't agree with the store at all however if considered, why out on the outskirts of town?. Hwy K is already a ZOO...can you imagine what that road will be like if this store is built. I feel sorry for anyone that works in the industrial park or travels Hwy K. Time to work on the DNR because that land has adjacent wetlands that need DNR approval.

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