REAL ESTATE | Neighbors question abrupt halt to construction of 2 restaurant chains on Paradise Drive in West Bend, WI
September 24, 2022 – West Bend, WI – “The weeds are about 8 weeks high,” a neighbor said as a few pieces of heavy equipment stood idle at the construction site of a new panera bread and Chipotlea popular Mexican grill-style restaurant.
Construction on the southeast corner of Parkway Drive and Paradise Drive in West Bend, WI began in April 2022 when the former Shell South gas station and car wash was razed.
A certified survey map CSM-22-004 has been submitted to the Plan Commission to create two lots located at the southeast corner of Parkway Drive and W. Paradise Drive, by Ram Subedi, PMM Development, LLC.
Plans showed a 2,500 square foot building closest to Parkway Drive for the proposed Chipotle and a 3,800 square foot building to the east for a proposed Panera.
The foundations were poured and then…. nothing.
Neighbors began to speculate about the reasons for a slowdown, including “supply chain issues” or “worker shortages” or even “permit issues.”
Several calls have been made to the city and this week City Engineer Max Marechal said the slowdown was due to a change in the location of the water lateral.
“They only had one water plane coming from the northeast corner of the property, but they couldn’t connect to the main there, so they changed the plane to connect from the south of property at Parkway Drive,” he said. . “They had to change their plans and then make the connection and I know it set them back.”
Marechal said he did not know where the contractors were at with regard to installing an underground pipe and then starting construction of the building.
Marechal did not believe the updated plans should be sent back to the Planning Commission, but he confirmed that changing the water pipes had a ripple effect on the permitting process.
“We have not yet signed this permit for the storm water, due to the change in the water diversion they had to amend the CSM (certified survey map) to include an easement for these water diversions” , did he declare. “We are waiting for them to retrieve the CSM with the location of the easement and once that is registered we can approve this permit and I am told that the CSM document is currently under review.”
If additional permits are also pending, Marshal said he was “not aware”.
District 1 Alderman John Butschlick also followed up with an investigation into the project’s delay. “I spoke with planning and development, and they said everything with the city was up to date and the owners were waiting for documents with the state,” he said.
According to initial information, Panera wants to open in the spring of 2023.
This is a work story, and more details will be released as information becomes available.