August 22, 2013
City of Stoughton
Kettle West brings GDP next month
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City of Stoughton Plan-ning Commission memberswill get a look at the generaldevelopment plan for theKettle Park West develop-ment next month.The GDP is the secondpart of a complex, three-stage process called aplanned unit development,and it’s generally consid-ered the most important –the one that provides devel-opers with assurances thatthe city will allow the typeof expansion that’s pro-posed.Commissioners spentabout an hour last week talking with developersabout the details of theproject, including landscap-ing and screening excep-tions, parking lot design andbuilding orientations.Forward DevelopmentGroup (FDG) had soughtmore than a dozen exemp-tions to the city’s big-boxstore ordinance and thecity’s zoning code on behalf of potential users of the site.Which retailers those mightbe remains undisclosed.The list of exemptionshad been trimmed downafter discussions with thecommissioners at the Junemeeting and subsequenttalks with the potentialretailers, said Jim Bricker,a senior planner with JSDProfessional Services.“Admittedly, it’s a work in progress,” Bricker said.“Last time, we had kind of a litany of things that struck us as being potential con-flicts. As we’ve gone back to various parties … someof those problems and con-flicts kind of dropped by thewayside.”While most of theexemptions related to the126,000-square-foot largeretailer site, some wererelated to the outlots, whichare smaller parcels. Thosesix proposed sites will housebuildings between 6,000and 20,000 square feet.Some commission mem-bers, including Ald. RonChristenson, once again saidthey hoped the developerwould soon be able to revealwhom the tenants for thedevelopment would be.“I think it’s time for usto start realizing who we’remaking these alterationsfor,” Christenson said. “Iunderstand the complexityand the proprietary situa-tion that (the developer is)in, but again, realizing ourposition, too, is important.”Even if FDG is negotiat-ing with a specific retailerthroughout the planningprocess, that deal could dryup at any time. However,the Target corporate websitestates that its “most preva-lent” general merchandisestore size is 126,000 squarefeet, and a listing presentedat a recent planning confer-ence by brokerage firm NAIMLG Commercial showedTarget is planning expan-sion in Wisconsin, withpotential store sizes rang-ing from 120,000-180,000square feet.Neither Wal-Mart –which sought to build a200,000-square-foot store inStoughton several years ago– nor any other traditionalbig box retailer was on thatlist of more than 100 fran-chises.The list, while not com-prehensive, was part of aroundtable discussion at theconference and dealt withinformation from more thana dozen brokers. Target wasthe only company listed aslooking for sites with morethan 100,000 square feet of store space.No matter who the ten-ants might be, commis-sion member and alder EricHohol said the PlanningCommission was chargedwith making sure the build-ings in the area fit with thecity’s guidelines and meetthe expectations of the com-munity.
One of the biggest itemsthe group discussed wasthe developer’s desire tobe flexible with the type of screening and barrier thatwould need to go along thewest side of the area’s com-mercial center, located atthe corner of Hwy. 138 andU.S. Hwy. 51.Bricker said the geogra-phy of the area and the needto have a buffer between thedeveloped area and a nearbywetland created a challengefor the city’s buffer andscreening requirements. Thecity’s current code requiresa 6-foot tall berm to serve asa buffer between the retailand office or residentialareas.That tall of a berm behindthe large retailer lot wouldneed to be up to 40 feetwide, Bricker said, andwould eat up too muchspace of the retail lot for itto be a viable space.The developers proposedbuilding a berm where it’sfeasible, and then using amixture of fencing and veg-etation to screen the north-west corner of the lot.Planning Commissionmembers were open to thealternative screening meth-ods, but they asked the com-pany to give specific detailsand diagrams when it pres-ents its general developmentplan next month.Commissioner ScottTruehl said he was con-cerned that the trees andshrubs used to screen thearea would take a long timeto be effective.“We’re talking about anarea that’s going to be theprincipal loading dock,”Truehl said. “The render-ing … is very attractive, butunfortunately, I know that Iwon’t see this for 20 years.I’m going to be looking forheight at day one.”
Commissioners also wereasked if they’d be open tobending the requirements onparking spaces and pedes-trian access.In order to create the largeparking lot desired by majorretailers, the developer hasasked to adjust the city’slandscaping requirements.The biggest limiting fac-tor is a requirement to havemedians or islands every10 stalls, and another is theminimum size of islands atthe end of parking rows.Bricker said the city’sdesign standard makessnow removal difficult anddoesn’t allow for enoughparking space on the 11.45-acre lot.Zoning ordinances call for4 parking spaces per 1,000feet of retail floor area. Theretailer would like 4.5 spotsper 1,000 but would settlefor 4.3, Bricker said.Commissioners wereopen to some changes butwere adamant about main-taining pedestrian access forsafety reasons. Truehl saidthe developers need to keepclear linkages between themain lot and the outlots sothat pedestrians and shop-ping carts have safe accessbetween the businesses.
Bricker also presentedsome other questions frompotential retailers about thecity’s ordinances, thoughhe acknowledged some of these issues will be broughtup during the third phaseof the process, known asthe specific implementationphase, or SIP.Items such as signage sizeand location and placementand size of landscapingpoints are supposed to bediscussed after the generaldevelopment plan is pre-sented for the area.As part of the GDPapproval, commissionerswill see how the differentbuildings are oriented on thelots. Some of the previousissues – such as buildingscreening – will be linked towhere trucks might unload.Those specifics hadn’t beenfinalized as of the last meet-ing, Bricker said.Dennis Steinkraus of FDG said the group intend-ed to take the commentsfrom last week’s discussionand submit a formal GDPfor review at the next meet-ing.“We’d like to compro-mise and get everybody onboard,” Steinkraus said. “If we can’t, we’ll have to tryto modify some things.”
UNG editor Jim Feroliecontributed to this story.
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A 76-year-old womanwas killed after beingstruck by a car on NorthPage Street near WilsonStreet Monday morning.Stoughton Police Lt.Pat Conlin said in a newsrelease that the womanwas crossing in a cross-walk when she was struck by a 68-year-old Stough-ton man driving a Buick SUV northbound on PageStreet.The woman was identi-fied by police as Margue-rite T. Clarke of Stough-ton. Clarke was born inChicago and worked inthe Sears credit depart-ment until her retirementin 1986, according to herobituary.According to the a newsrelease from the Stough-ton Police:Stoughton Police offi-cers, Stoughton EMS,the Stoughton FireDepartment, the City of Stoughton streets depart-ment and chaplainsresponded to the scenearound 11 a.m.“Initial reports indi-cated Cardio CerebralResuscitation (CCR) wasin progress,” Conlin saidin the release. “EMS took over care and continuedCCR and transported thevictim to Stoughton Hos-pital where she was laterpronounced dead at 11:35a.m.”The Dane County Sher-iff’s Office AccidentReconstruction Teamresponded to the scene.Officers are continu-ing their investigation.Alcohol and speed do notappear to be factors in thecrash, police said.The driver’s name isbeing withheld by the
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A traffic crashwas reported on Hwy. 51 atJackson Street. A ChevroletMalibu attempted to crossJackson Street and struckat northbound Ford pickuptruck.
A 39-year-oldman was arrested for 4thdegree sexual assault, bat-tery and disorderly con-duct on the 1000 block ofStoughton Avenue.
A 40-year-oldman was arrested for felonybail jumping at Pick N' Save.
A 59-year-oldwoman reported that twoacquaintances had enteredher home and drank a bottleof brandy and part of a bottleof vodka without the owner'spermission. The report wastaken as information and nocharges were filed.
An undis-closed amount of moneywas reported stolen fromthe senior center. No arrestswere made, but a potentialsuspect was identified as a65-year-old man.
A fight wasreported on the 100 block ofEast Main Street. A 27-year-old woman was identified asa suspect.
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