Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Lisbon leaders voiced their opposition to the Meijer project Monday, but Sussex leaders reaffirmed support. A contentious public hearing on the project could unfold Thursday.
Leaders for Sussex and Lisbon agreed to disagree when it comes to the large-scale Meijer Foods development. Lisbon and Sussex officials met Monday during a Joint Planning Committee meeting to discuss the Meijer development rezoning, conditional uses, and land use. In a vote that was purely symbolic, Lisbon leaders unanimously opposed the development while Sussex officials voted in favor. By the end of the night, they had agreed to disagree. Lisbon town officials cited concerns over the size of the development, storm water management on the site, and facets of Meijer’s conditional use. They were also concerned that the project didn’t fit into Sussex’s long-range comprehensive plan for the site at Highway 164 and Highway K. Lisbon officials …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The Village Board amended its land use map Tuesday to accommodate a Meijer store; however, the man who owns that land says village leaders overreached.
There’s no doubt the proposed 200,000-square-foot Meijer development has created a buzz amongst residents in Sussex lately. But the Schellin brothers, who own the land on which the store would be built, have concerns about their future. The Village Board on Tuesday rezoned the Schellin’s land to make way for the big-box retailer and gas station that will rest on 20 acres of the roughly 68 acre plot. Steven Schellin supports the Meijer development, but he feels the village went too far by deeming 18 acres of his land an environmental corridor, which undevelopable for future buyers. “We support the Meijer project and those changes required to be made in order to make the project a success. However, Meijer has not purchased the land yet, and …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Are you for or against the proposed 200,000-square-foot store to be located at Highways K and 164.
A lot has been made of the proposed Meijer store that is being proposed in the Village of Sussex. 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. It is expected to be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Click here to read all about the project. Supporters have said that the big box store would be an welcomed addition to the local economy, spurring growth, traffic to other retailers and jobs. Those that oppose the store say it is too big, will be detrimental to the enviroment and cause crime and traffic problems. Tell us what you think about the project …
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Sussex Village President Greg Goetz describes the two public hearings held Wednesday regarding the proposed Meijer store as productive with valuable input gained.
Sussex Village President Greg Goetz described the two public hearings held Wednesday regarding the proposed Meijer store as productive with valuable input gained from both supporters and those that are opposed to the project. About 100 residents attended and about two dozen spoke during the two public hearings for a condition-use permit and changes to the village's land-use map to allow for the store to be built. "We answered a lot of the questions that they had," said Goetz. "I think some of the people were satisfied. They even stated that they were not totaling against the project, but they had a lot of questions…I think some of those were addressed." Some of the concerns involve the proposed store being open 24 hours a day, traffic …
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Two hearings are scheduled for Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Sussex Community Center.
A condition-use permit for the proposed 200,000-square-foot Meijer store at Highways K and 164 will be the topic of a public hearing to be held Wednesday. A second hearing, which will be held at the Sussex Community Center, will be held on changes to the village's land-use map to allow for the store to be built. The hearings are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. The store, which plans to hire 200 to 250 employees, will be about 60 percent grocery and also consist of retail, a gas station, a garden center and pharmacy. The store plans to be open 24 hours a day. Late last month, the board approved changing the village's zoning to allow for retail to be 250,000 square feet rather than the 125,000 square feet maximum previously allowed by law.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Support and opposition have voiced their position, now it's your turn to speak your mind about the project.
Some say the Meijer big box will be a welcomed addition to the community by providing much needed jobs and spurring more business. Others say the store will take business away from local entrepreneurs and create traffic issues. What's your take on the almost 200,000-square-foot Meijer store being proposed at the corner of Highway K and 164? Vote in the poll and share your thoughts below in the comments.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Area residents voice their opposition, support for the proposed big box.
The Sussex Village Board on Tuesday unanimously approved an ordinance to change village conditional use code allowing for larger big boxes in certain areas zoned for business, a measure driven by the proposed Meijer store. Retail stores in the village's B2 zone can now be 250,000 square feet rather than 125,000 square feet as previously allowed by law. The proposed Meijer store is expected to be nearly 200,000 square feet. Trustees noted that the amended code would apply to all big box stores in the village's B2 zoned area, not just the Meijer store. As a result, any store that wishes to expand beyond the previous 125,000 square feet limit could request do to so. Before village trustees took action, the board held a public hearing on …
Friday, October 19, 2012
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 …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Company officials will be on hand to answer questions about proposed store.
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. Lynne Broydrick, a spokeswoman for the company, told the paper that the open house is intended "to get out the right message about Meijer Company; who they are, what they are trying to do, where the store will be located and the role they will play in the community." The 200,000-square-foot store, which plans to hire 200 to 250 employees, will be about 60 …
Friday, October 12, 2012
Sussex schedules public hearing for Tuesday, Oct. 23 as other plans throughout the area move forward.
Sussex is not the only Milwaukee-metro community that has a Meijer store possibly on its horizon and although every municipality and commercial project is different, how the approval process has played out in Grafton and other communities may be a sign of how it will play out here. According to Tom Daykin of the Journal Sentinel, the Grafton Plan Commission approved a conditional use permit for the second time after "nearby homeowners asked the commission to reconsider its initial decision." The commission approved the permit unanimously last week, allowing a 191,000-square-foot Meijer to be built near the Interstate 43/Highway 60 interchange, Daykin wrote in his blog. The commission initially approved the permit on Aug. 28, according …