Electrician plans move to vacant building

Village commission OKs Sippel Electric’s plans for Highland Road property
By 
CONNOR CARYNSKI
Ozaukee Press Staff

Fredonia’s Sippel Electric may be moving to the former American Tae Kwon Do building this spring.

Owner Ben Sippel currently operates the business from a shop next to his home in Fredonia but plans to set up operations in a vacant space at 211 Highland Rd.

An electrician of 20 years, Sippel started the business about 11 years ago with just himself and a work truck.

After seeing success through the years, Sippel said, he was able to hire employees and now wants to move to a larger space.

Sippel said he plans to use the building as an office for meeting with clients, a breakroom for employees and a storage space for equipment and work trucks.

Several renovations are planned for the building to accommodate the new operation.

Sippel said he plans to create a garage space for his work trucks by raising a portion of the roof and installing two garage doors on the back of the building.

He will also remove the old bank drive-through station, remove blacktop and replace it with landscaping.

Areas of the building will also be patched with brick and painted over, and a steel roof will be installed.

Sippel said he also hopes to place a refurbished gas pump sporting a light-up glass globe with “Sippel Electric” engraved on it near the front door.

“It should be a nice result when it’s all said and done,” Sippel said.

Sippel said that if the plan is approved, he hopes to complete his renovations and begin operating out of the space by April.

He noted that there is a lead time for some items he hopes to replace because of supply chain issues, and Sippel said he may have to wait 20 weeks before new garage doors are available.

The business will operate Mondays through Fridays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., with four employees working out of the site. Sippel said while clients may visit the office to discuss plans, those visits would be by appointment only and not cause excessive  traffic.

The Plan Commission approved site plans and a zoning permit for the operation during a Jan. 3 meeting. Before consideration by the Village Board, building plans will be presented to the Architectural Control Board on Jan. 19.

Village President Don Dohrwardt said there may be some cosmetic adjustments the board may suggest but the renovation appears to be well planned.

Plan Commission members welcomed the plans to bring a business into the empty corner lot building and the aesthetic improvements that would come with new green space.

“With the yard work and what you’re doing, it will look better,” Trustee John Long said.

 

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