Community Development Authority approval reflects recent trend in village business growth
The Village of Saukville’s Community Development Authority gave its blessing last week to plans by Aislelogic to erect a 24,376-square-foot storage building at its plant at 591 N. Dekora Woods Blvd.
The project is just the latest sign of boom times in the village’s business park.
Dave Schmidt of Aislelogic told the CDA that building will be used primarily as a warehouse, although it could be converted to tenant office space “10 to 15 years down the road.”
The metal-frame building will have a masonry facade on three sides — including the side facing east to Dekora Woods Boulevard, addressing the village’s aesthetic requirements.
In response to suggestions from the CDA, Schmidt conceded “false windows” would dress up the appearance of the building but said there was no benefit to having them in space that will be used for storage.
“I am looking for something a little more appealing from the road,” said Village President Barb Dickmann.
Schmidt said the storage building will be screened by significant landscaping, including the creation of islands of plantings and a courtyard that will be available for employees to use.
After noting the company’s landscaping plan exceeded the village’s minimum standards, the CDA unanimously approved the building, site and landscaping plan.
The company specializes in the production of retail displays.
The CDA turned its focus to outside storage in a request forwarded by Rock Machinery, 740 N. Dekora Woods Blvd.
The company started as a one-person operation in 2008, and now has eight employees.
Larry Hetzel explained his company specializes in selling rock crushing equipment and parts to quarries and gravel pits.
Hetzel said because of the large scale of much of the equipment his company sells, it isn’t practical to store it under roof.
“We are talking about manganese castings that weigh 14,000 pounds, for example. They are heavy, nobody is going to steal them,” he said.
“The weather doesn’t hurt this. It makes zero sense to store it inside. It would be wasted space.”
The company sought approval for a 100-foot-by-50-foot gravel pad at the southeast corner of their building, sufficient to store 30 to 50 shipping pallets.
To ensure the appearance of properties in the business park are maintained, the village has a rule against outside storage of equipment.
If forced to keep the equipment indoors, Hetzel said the company may be forced to consider moving.
Again, convinced adequate site screening would be provided, the CDA approved the storage request.
Two more approvals were granted to Charter Steel for a pair of building projects.
One of those projects includes enclosing acid tanks at the company’s plant at 1658 Cold Springs Rd.
The tanks — used for storing phosphoric acid, as well as new and spent sulfuric acid — are currently located outdoors. The storage structure will essentially cover the same 20-by-42-foot area now used.
The enclosure will have three-hour firewalls, as required by state code.
The CDA also approved the company’s request to extend approval of plans for a coil storage facility until 2018.
The project was approved in 2013, but changes in the steel market made the building a lower priority for the company.