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Construction on Sussex Meijer halted

Aug. 11, 2014

Village of Sussex — Representatives of Meijer Company of Grand Rapids Michigan have told village officials they are postponing until 2016 the grand opening of their nearly 200,000 square foot grocery/retail store under construction at the southeast corner of Lisbon Road (Highway K) and Highway 164.

Village Administrator Jeremy Smith said construction at the site has been shut down for the year and company officials told him work will resume in the spring of 2015 with the store opening schedule for the spring of the following year.

Smith said the company customarily opens new stores in the spring of the calendar year. He said construction could not have been completed by the spring of 2015 so company officials decided to forgo further construction so the store could be opened in the spring of 2016.

Smith said the company is expected to present to the Plan Commission within the next couple of a months revised plans for construction of a fueling station and convenience store to be built east of the grocery/retail store.

The company has reconfigured the location of the drive and fueling station and convenience store in order to satisfy Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource (DNR) permit requirements, according to Smith.

The siting of the fueling station, convenience store, and the driveway leading from Lisbon Road has posed some environmental concerns that have delayed final approvals of the project.

The company was permitted to begin moving earth and infrastructure construction on the main building while permits were pending on the fuel station and convenience store.

Both the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources raised concerns about the impact construction and operation of the fueling center/convenience store might have on adjacent wetlands.

DNR officials said in June that the company had submitted revised plans that mitigated the concerns about the wetlands but the necessary state and federal permits could not be issued until Waukesha County Department of Public Works approved the design of the driveway.

The driveway from Lisbon Road to the fueling station is located a few hundred yards east of the main entrance to the grocery/retail store, which will be Executive Drive extended south from its present intersection with Lisbon Road.

Village Engineer Judith Neu said Waukesha County permits for the driveway "have either been approved or are in the process of being approved."

DNR officials have said that after the county highway permit is issued there will be a final review for approval of the state and federal permits.

A proposal to build the superstore — 60 percent will be groceries and 40 percent will be retail — was made in 2013 with company officials initially hoping the store would be open in 2014.

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