Setback requirement, bedrock forces Saukville company to secure village extension for expansion plan
The Village of Saukville Community Development Authority granted an extension to Calibre, Inc. last week to start promised expansion plans, in part because of complications caused by the construction of a nearby municipal well.
In May, the village approved plans for the construction of a 98,732-foot-square building on a North Dekora Woods Boulevard parcel the company purchased from the village.
According to the company, that building would have been worth approximately $5 million, and was the first phase of a long-term expansion timeline that would have included three buildings.
A month after that approval, company representatives returned to the CDA with modified plans.
According to Jim Dallas, the project manager from Keller, Inc. working with Calibre on the building project, a change of plans was dictated after it was discovered a proposed stormwater retention pond was closer than the required 400 foot setback from the new well being built on the adjacent lot.
The setback requirement is mandated by the state to protect public water sources.
Moving the stormwater pond was further complicated because bedrock was found within eight feet of the surface on some areas of the parcel.
To accommodate the relocated pond, the orientation of the proposed building was changed, as was the planning for an anticipated second building.
“This late discovery requires Keller, Inc. and Calibre, Inc. to make significant revisions to our civil engineering plan, long-term site layout plan and buildings,” Calibre President Jerry Wachowiak said in a letter to the village.
Those revisions include reducing the first-phase warehouse building in size to 90,000 square feet, with a 4,000-square-foot office “bump-out.”
The north wall will be expandable, so that a second attached building can be added. Plans for a third building have been dropped.
The exterior walls of the new building will have a stucco-like texture to match the company’s existing building, with high clerestory windows along the east and south elevations.
The planning delay is significant because a condition of the village sale of the property to the company was that building start this summer.
In his letter, Wachowiak asked that the company be allowed to defer the start of construction to no later than next March.
Village officials had no problem with extending the required start date, but Village President Barb Dickmann suggested the extension be for 120 days.
“I think this is fair and should give them some breathing room,” Dickmann said.
At one point, CDA members were considering a 90-day extension.
That revised timeline may be more of a formality, because company officials said they hope to begin construction this year with completion envisioned for sometime next year.
After approving the extension, officials backed the revised building, site and landscaping plans, subject to a more detailed staff review.