Developer proposes 9,750-square-foot building on Port Rd. that will have dental office, sandwich shop, other tenants
The largest retail business in Grafton may soon have another commercial neighbor.
A concept plan that calls for a multitenant center to be built on an outlot of the Meijer store property on Port Washington Road was scheduled to be reviewed this week by the village’s Plan Commission.
The Grafton Marketplace project is being developed by Berengaria Grafton LLC, which has proposed a 9,750-square-foot building that would have a Heartland Dental clinic, Firehouse Subs sandwich shop and two other tenants.
The building would be on 1.5 acres north of the main Meijer driveway.
In a report to the commission, Village Director of Planning and Development Jessica Wolff said the tenant spaces would range from 1,600 to 3,480 square feet. The two remaining tenants are scheduled to be announced before final approval of the project as a planned unit development, she said.
Village Administrator Darrell Hofland said the Grafton Marketplace is proposed on the first of three outlots on the Meijer site. The other outlots are south of the main driveway and north of the 192,000-square-foot store.
Berengaria Grafton has options to buy each of the two outlots in front of the store.
“The village is excited to see a specific proposal being presented,” Hofland said of the first outlot plan.
Heartland Dental, a national dental services chain, would occupy a 3,480-square-foot tenant space, with Firehouse Subs using 2,200 square feet. The site plan includes a parking lot with 65 vehicle spaces.
The dental office would have about a dozen employees, and the sub shop would have six. Hours of operation, deliveries and security systems would vary by business, Wolff said.
Wolff said the Grafton Marketplace would be consistent with the intent of the planned united development (PUD) designation approved for the Meijer store, as well as with C-4 freeway interchange business zoning and the village’s comprehensive plan.
The project would have no adverse environmental impact and meets landscaping, traffic management and site capacity requirements, Wolff said.
Based on the Meijer PUD, all developments on the outlots are considered conditional uses that can be approved by the commission, Hofland said.
Following the commission’s review of the concept plan, the project is scheduled to go to the village’s Architectural Review Board. The commission will then make a recommendation on a PUD amendment and take action on the conditional-use request and site plan Jan. 26.
The Village Board is expected to consider final approval of the PUD amendment Feb. 1.
Hofland said plans call for construction of the Grafton Marketplace to begin early next year and be completed before the end of 2016.
When it opened in June, the Meijer supercenter was the company’s first Wisconsin outlet. The firm has since opened stores in Kenosha, Wauwatosa and Oak Creek and plans to open stores in Waukesha, Greenfield and Sussex in 2016.