Longtime Mequon company to build new offices on Maritime Drive
The Port Washington Common Council has paved the way for a new business to build in its industrial park.
Aldermen recently rezoned a 7.5-acre, triangular-shaped parcel off Maritime Drive from agricultural to industrial use to allow for the construction of an office and shop building for Gateway Concrete Forming Systems.
The parcel, which was once part of the VK Development holdings, is north of Maritime Drive and east of the Union Pacific railroad tracks.
Gateway Systems, which has been in Mequon for more than 40 years, will be constructing a 6,000-square-foot building on the property.
The building will be set at an angle and, along with a berm and trees, will shield an outdoor storage area behind the structure from view, officials said.
A retention pond will also be created on the property.
Gateway is selling its property at 11124 N. Industrial Dr., Mequon, and moving to Port, where the owners live, said John Graham of JG Ventures.
JG Ventures is developing and constructing the Port site for Gateway.
Gateway, which has been in business since 1978, is a concrete form subcontractor that works in Wisconsin and the greater Chicago area.
Among its most recent projects are the Northwestern Mutual tower in downtown Milwaukee, Graham said, and the company recently completed a project at Acuity in Sheboygan.
In general, Graham said, four employees will work out of the Port office at a time. Sales, customer service, some equipment maintenance and modification work and inventory storage will be handled at the site.
The new facility is expected to be completed in fall 2017, he said.
The Plan Commission, which approved the building and site plans last month, complemented the concept, especially the amount of screening the company plans.
“This is far more developed screening than we see anywhere else down there,” commission member Bud Sova said.