Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The development of the Sussex Meijer store is one step closer but still has to jump through more approvals and permitting processes.
The Meijer development in Sussex is one step closer after a resolution was reached between Sussex and Lisbon over a certified survey map outlining property boundaries, reported the Sussex Sun. The Schelling family, Sussex and Lisbon reached an agreement earlier this month that CSM would outline only those properties owned by Meijer that are now located in Sussex. Meijer is proposing to build a 191,000-square-foot, 24-hour, mixed grocery store and retail center on the site. The plans also include construction of a gas station. This is one of the final approvals needed for store, proposed at Highways 164 and K (Lisbon Road). The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources are continuing further studies of …
Sunday, March 31, 2013
The Sussex Meijer is a done deal, but some folks still wish it weren't being built — or that a Woodman's would come to town instead. See what Patch users are saying.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
An attorney representing two Lisbon families is hoping to halt the major Sussex Meijer retail development.
Meijer developers may have finished their work with the Sussex Plan Commission, but on the same day it received final approvals from the commission a lawsuit was filed to halt the project. According to the Business Journal of Milwaukee, attorney Joe Cincotta has filed a suit with the Waukesha County Circuit Court challenging the village’s approval process. Cincotta filed the claim for Lisbon property owner Larry Pfannerstill who lives on a property near the development. Cincotta alleges that the development will damage Pfannerstill’s property value and destroy his ability to enjoy peace and quiet on his land. He also claims the village's approval process was illegal. Cincotta was one of the more outspoken opponents of the project during a…
Monday, March 25, 2013
Meijer's driveway and parking lot plans met muster last week. The Sussex store is one of five the company hopes to build as it enters the Milwaukee market.
Meijer received approvals for its parking lot and driveway from the Sussex Plan Commission last week, according to The Business Journal of Milwaukee, the last ones it needs from that panel. The store, to be built at the intersection of Highway K and Highway 164, is expected to provide at least 200 jobs. An informal poll of Sussex Patch readers found general support for the project. Meijer is also trying to build stores in Wauwatosa, Grafton, Kenosha and Oak Creek. A Milwaukee-area grocery analyst said earlier this year that Meijer’s entrance into the market is a serious threat to Pick 'n Save.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Lisbon families are thinking about challenging the Sussex Meijer construction in court because it violates a border agreement between the two municipalities.
Three Lisbon families might challenge the construction of 200,000-square-foot Meijer because their lawyer says it violates a border agreement between the Village of Sussex and the Town of Lisbon, reported the Sussex Sun. Town of Lisbon officials told the Sussex Sun that they were staying out of the controversy because it would be a waste of time. The Lisbon Town attorney told officials that they could delay the construction but at the end of the day it was going to get approved. Joseph Cincotta, attorney for the Lisbon families, said that he and his clients have not looked at options for a possible court fight. Meijer is proposing to build a 191,000-square-foot, 24-hour, mixed grocery store and retail center on the site. The plans also …
Friday, January 18, 2013
A draft Meijer's conditional use permit was scrutinized and modified by the Plan Commission Thursday.
The Sussex Plan Commission continued its exhaustive review of the Meijer proposal deep into Thursday night while it scrutinized a draft document outlining parameters of the development. Village staff presented a draft of Meijer’s conditional use permit, which outlined everything from the flow of truck traffic on the new site to the height of fencing at the store. The document contained well over 20 requirements for the developer to adhere to. Meijer is proposing to build a 191,000-square-foot, 24-hour, mixed grocery store and retail center on the site. The plans also include construction of a gas station. Sussex amended its land use plan to accommodate the development. During the 4-hour meeting, Village President Greg Goetz said one of his…
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Meijer's plans to enter Wauwatosa and Sussex add to a rapidly crowding grocery market populated by Pick 'n Save, Target, Walmart, Costco, Trader Joe's and others. Is there enough business for everyone?
Since everybody has to eat every day, usually several times a day, there is an inevitability built into the grocery business. There will always be somebody ready to fill that need. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t volatile. The retail grocery industry is highly competitive, and since the rise of the chain supermarket, it has typically been a high-volume, low-margin business. If the demand for food is always there out of necessity, it’s still subject to changing tastes, offers of better service or pricing, dips and turns in the economy, demographic shifts in customer bases and fluctuating commodity prices. Over the past two decades, the grocery business in metro Milwaukee has changed radically, and it is about to change again. Nowhere is that…
Monday, January 14, 2013
The Plan Commission will evaluate a use permit that contains several changes to Sussex code to clear the way for the 200,000-square-foot development.
After an unprecedented 8-hour public hearing regarding the 200,000-square-foot Meijer Store development, the Plan Commission is ready to review an unprecedented permit for the proposal. After a public hearing - separated into two evening meetings - the Sussex village staff crafted a conditional use permit for the development. The proposal contains several exceptions to the village code to accommodate the Michigan-based retailer. The Plan Commission will walk through the permit at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Village Hall. Commissioners will discuss potential adjustments to the plan and give further direction to village staff. The Plan Commission can add more conditions to the permit if deemed necessary. The final permit document, site plan review…
Thursday, January 3, 2013
After a marathon public hearing, the Plan Commission will review the initial draft of the Meijer conditional use permit later this month.
The Sussex Plan Commission will review the conditional use permit for the Meijer development at its meeting Jan. 17. Village staff was directed to craft the permit after an unprecedented marathon of a public hearing. After seven hours, separated by two separate meetings Nov. 28 and Dec. 20, 35 evidentiary exhibits, and testimony from residents, attorneys, and experts, the Plan Commission moved forward to the next step. Meijer is planning a 191,000-square-foot, 24-hour grocery and retail store on the corner of Highway 164 and County Highway K. Meijer is also considering a similar sized project in Oak Creek. According to the Sussex Sun, the draft of the proposal contains several exceptions to the village code. The Plan Commission will review…
Friday, December 21, 2012
Sussex residents, attorneys, and experts have stated their cases in a lengthy public hearing. Now staff will craft a conditional use permit for the project.
The longest public hearing in recent Sussex history came to a close Thursday at Village Hall. After seven hours, separated by two separate meetings, 35 evidentiary exhibits, and testimony from residents, attorneys, and experts, the Plan Commission is ready to craft a conditional use permit for the Meijer development. The Plan Commission met Thursday to resume a four-hour public hearing that began Nov. 28. Experts presented the storm water management plan and traffic studies to a packed Village Hall. Meijer representative Brian Randall, along with project designers, made the trek from Milwaukee through the blizzard conditions to provide answers to final questions Thursday. “Meijer is honored that there have been people who stopped …