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Written by Mitch Maersch   
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 20:30

Advanced Restoration looks to move headquarters, pending zoning change and closing of sale

New life may be breathed into the former Belgium Community Center as a Saukville business looks to move its headquarters there.

Advanced Restoration hopes to move into the center next year, pending the building’s purchase and approval of a Belgium ordinance amendment allowing industrial and agricultural uses in the B-2 Community Business District.

Jordan Dimmer, who has worked for the business since he graduated high school in 2000, expects to buy the company from his father Dan at year’s end.

Advanced Restoration is headquartered on about five acres of Dan Dimmer’s 80-acre farm in Saukville.

The former community center has ample room for the business’ offices and storage.

“There’s almost four acres there so there’s plenty of space for me,” Jordan Dimmer said.

The center’s “gym” would be used for the company’s maintenance facility and the other side would be for cold storage, Dimmer told the Village of Belgium Plan Commission Monday.

He said he plans to install two service doors and store equipment on the back of the property and to fix the roof, which needs some work.

Outside, Dimmer said he is willing to plant trees or put in a small berm.

“I’m open to whatever it takes,” he said.

Dimmer said Port Washington State Bank, which owns the property after foreclosing on it, has accepted his purchase offer.

“It would be pretty awesome if this would work. I’m pretty confident it’s going to go through,” he said.

He said there are still bowling balls and shoes in the building, and there’s still beer in the cooler.

Advanced Restoration has done projects such as the light station on the bluff and St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Port Washington and the Veteran Affairs Hospital in Milwaukee. Much of its work is in Sheboygan and Milwaukee, so Belgium provides a nice location in between, Dimmer said.

The company has 14 employees and could expand next year, he said.

The Plan Commission could recommend the ordinance change at its Nov. 2 meeting. A public hearing and Village Board approval could be scheduled for Nov. 14.

Dimmer would also need a conditional-use permit, which the Plan Commission could grant at its Nov. 21 meeting.

 
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