Village OKs sprawling orthodontics facility

Officials praise plan for 129,000-square-foot plant that will anchor Northern Gateway development

Upper photo: THIS RENDERING BY Rinka shows the entrance to the 129,000-square-foot American Orthodontics facility to be built at 3265 Northwood Rd. in the Gateway Community Collective that Ansay Development is building on Saukville’s east side. Lower photo: THE VIEW OF American Orthodontics’ proposed Saukville facility from I-43 heading north is shown in this rendering by Rinka, the architectural firm designing the structure.

By KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM

Ozaukee Press staff

American Orthodontics received the approvals it needed last week to build a 129,000-square-foot manufacturing campus as part of the Northern Gateway Community Collective development slated for Saukville’s east side.

The Community Development Authority  gave approvals to the Sheboygan-based business for, among other things, its site plan, architectural plans, stormwater management and lighting plans.

“Welcome to Saukville,” Village President Barb Dickmann said.

Officials were full of praise for not just the building American Orthodontics plans to construct but the company itself.

“We’re really excited to see American Orthodontics come on board,” Claude Lois, the village’s economic consultant, said. “This is a gorgeous facility that will be a great asset to Saukville.”

“This is great to see happen,” CDA member Mike Krocka said. “This is a good step for the village to go forward.”

“This is going to change the face of that area,” Village Administrator Dawn Wagner said.

Dickmann told the panel that American Orthodontics is “a wonderful family company” and its facility is “a beautiful, beautiful building.

“I think it will be an excellent addition to the community.”

American Orthodontics building will be at 3265 Northwoods Rd., and anchor the subdivision being created by Ansay Development and Three Leaf Partners.

The building is intended to create a campus that redefines the ideal work environment for manufacturing employees, Buck Knitt, architect and senior design director at Milwaukee-based Rinka, told the CDA.

Swaths of glass that allow light to flow into the structure create connections with the outdoors, he said, and trails sized to allow workers to take walks during their breaks are part of that mission, he said, adding that the trails will connect with other paths throughout the development.

The building is also expected to establish American Orthodontics’ presence in the subdivision, Knitt said.

In addition to the hospitality-inspired cafeteria, there will be an outdoor dining area, he noted.

The lobby of the building will lead to the manufacturing area, and a large window will allow those entering the structure to see the operations, Knitt said.

Adjoining office spaces will also have views of the manufacturing floor.

Studies have been done to ensure that the connecting streets will be able to handle the additional traffic, officials said.

American Orthodontics, which was founded in 1968, makes supplies used by orthodontists throughout the world, including appliances, wires and instruments, Mark Cassidy, vice president of operations, told the CDA.

“We love where we are in Sheboygan, but we’ve been growing for 50 years. We’re out of space,” he said.

“We’re here to replicate what we have but even better. We want to continue to grow successfully. We want our neighbors to be able to look at our property and say, ‘That’s nice.’”

In Sheboygan, Cassidy said, the company’s plant runs around the clock, but in Saukville that may not be the case initially.

The company plans to hire 100 people to staff the Saukville facility to start, he said,  with an ultimate goal of hiring as many as 400 people as it grows.

Plans for the Saukville facility include an outline for future expansion, something Cassidy said he would “be surprised to see ... before five years.”

The 47-foot height of the building was questioned by one CDA member,  but officials pointed out that the planned unit development code allows buildings to be 60 feet tall.

In addition to American Orthodontics, the Gateway project will include as many as 620 housing units ranging from apartments to single-family houses — a quarter of which will be for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities ­— an office and commercial area, 30-acre business park, a 110-room hotel, day care facility, indoor sports facility, green space and walking trails.

There would also be a public plaza and other amenities to be operated by the village and Mel’s Charities, which will move its offices to the subdivision.

On Tuesday, the village’s Joint Board of Review was expected to discuss plans for a tax incremental finance district to support the development and the Plan Commission was to hold a public hearing on and approve the project plan for the TIF district.

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