City clears way for pharmacy in Pizza Hut building

Port Plan Commission signs off on plans to convert former restaurant into apothecary set to open in summer

THE FORMER PIZZA HUT on Port Washington’s north side will become a pharmacy operated by Michael Vineburg this summer. Photo by Sam Arendt
By 
KrISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM
Ozaukee Press staff

Plans to convert the Port Washington Pizza Hut into Port Family Pharmacy got a thumbs up from the city’s Plan Commission last week.

The commission approved alterations to the building and parking lot, allowing pharmacist Michael Vineburg to continue transforming the former restaurant at 1021 N. Wisconsin St. into an independent pharmacy.

The renovations include removing what Bob Harris, the city’s director of planning and development, called the “Pizza Hut peak” atop the building and removing the parking area on the south side to accommodate a drive-through window.

Vineburg said he will also offer delivery and mail services.

The parking lot on the north side of the building will be seal coated and restriped, overgrown landscaping on the east side removed and the building painted white with grey trim.

Vineburg, who currently works at Ye Olde Pharmacy in Cedarburg, said he’s always wanted to run his own pharmacy.

“I have found independent pharmacies generally have much more time for patients,” he said. “That’s what an independent pharmacy offers — solid relationships and customer service.”

In addition to traditional retail pharmacy services, he said he will offer supplements, medical equipment such as wheelchairs, canes and crutches, and provide medications for long-term care facilities.

He will also have a compounding department where he makes custom medications prescribed by a physician for people and pets — a service few pharmacies offer.

Vineburg said he plans to open in late summer. The pharmacy will be open from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

In other action, the commission rejected, 3-2, a proposal by Pat Wilborn to create a five or six-spot parking lot behind his house at 233 E. Pier St.

Wilborn said  he rents his house as an Airbnb and the lot would accommodate these visitors. Although it would require a third curb cut and eliminate one or two street parking spots on Washington Street, Wilborn said it would benefit the city because people staying at his home would not park on the street.

Wilborn cited the fact that numerous businesses around the community have three access points and curb cuts in his appeal for the plan.

“My proposal is reasonable,” he said. “I’m in a commercial zoning district.”

Bob Harris, the city’s director of planning and development, said the city does not generally allow three curb cuts and, combined with the loss of street parking, recommended against approval.

Voting to deny the plan were commission members Eric Ryer, Public Works Director Rob Vanden Noven and Mayor Ted Neitzke. Voting for it were Ald. Paul Neumyer and commission member Kyle Knop.

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