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Grafton Commons North back for consideration at Plan Commission PDF Print E-mail
Written by JOE POIRIER   
Wednesday, 24 January 2018 18:36

National retailer is a potential tenant to occupy 69,000-square-foot building

    After pulling its plans for a new major development near the Grafton Commons shopping center in July, Continental Properties returned to the Village of Grafton’s Plan Commission meeting on Tuesday to review a new concept plan.
    The developer said at the time it withdrew to allow for more time to refine its plans.
    The plans reviewed during the meeting, however, are very similar to the original concept plan. The proposed designs for the development called the Grafton Commons North, detail a 69,000-square-foot building on a 16.99-acre parcel behind Costco on Port Washington Road. The building would be home to multiple tenants, featuring three retail spaces of 55,000, 9,000 and 5,000 square feet.
    The concept plans also show a separate building on the edge of the development’s parking lot.
    The only noticeable changes in the concept plan is  a minor resizing and placement of the second building which was originally 3,100 square feet. There is also a minor change to an access drive between Costco and Grafton Commons North.
    According to the Village’s Director of Planning and Development Jessica Wolff, the space is larger than Grafton’s Best Buy and Michaels combined, which is about 44,000 square feet. But it’s smaller than Grafton’s Kohl’s, which is approximately 75,000 square feet.
    Continental’s Properties Development Director Joseph Berkhahn, said he is in talks with a national retailer for the largest space but would not provide the name of the company.
    “The retailer won’t commit to a lease until the zoning is in place,” Berkhahn said.
    Wolff said the developer will need to name a tenant for the large space and at least one more for one of the smaller spaces in order to receive rezoning and site plan approval, but Village President Jim Brunnquell said they can find a way to work around that.
    During the meeting, the committee approved a partial site plan for access to a main entrance on Port Washington Road and a driveway from the Costco property to the south. Costco and Continental Properties have already made an easement agreement.
    Continental has received approval from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for a road crossing a stream to connect Grafton Commons North to the Grafton Commons. The concept plans also indicate that there will be a wetland fill and a storage retention pond.
     The developer indicated it wanted to start construction on the site in spring.
     Menomonee Falls-based Continental Properties is the same developer for the Grafton Commons, which started with Costco about 10 years ago and expanded to include multiple tenant buildings in that area. Continental also developed the McDonald’s along Highway 60 in Grafton.
    In her staff report, Wolff said the development does not include enough parking lots to meet the village’s regulations. She is also concerned about fire access on two sides of the main building.

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