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Business and Industry

In the making for about 10 years, the most significant change on the economic development scene in Mequon is the Mequon Town Center, a development that is fast creating a focal point for the community.

Anchored around a mix of retail establishments, luxury apartments and other amenities, the development on the city’s west side balances the lure of the lively shopping and business corridor and Lake Michigan shoreline on the city’s east side.

Retailers in the center, located at Mequon and Cedarburg Roads, include a coffee shop, wine bar, chocolatier, restaurant and retail shops. Visitors can also find a massage center, physical therapy and chiropractic services, along with other personal services and medical providers.

Apartments at Mequon Town Center have two and three-bedroom
floor plans that offer living space that ranges from 1,400
to 2,200 square feet, underground parking, fully equipped kitchens and in-unit laundry facilities.

The development has been led by Cindy Shaffer of Shaffer Development. Plans for an expansion of the project to the west, with more residential units, retail and office space, along with a market, are in the works.

Mequon Town Center brings a decidedly urban flair to an upscale area that enjoys the relative calm of a rural setting, lending an air of diversity to the landscape.

Kim Tollefson, Director of Community Development in Mequon, said much of the City’s 49 square miles remain agriculturally-based, with crops and livestock dotting the countryside, especially in the northern and western portions of the city.

Mequon has a time-honored history and tradition of holding conser vation in high regard, encouraging low-density growth and building fewer roads and urban infrastructure so that Mequon has been able to retain a more rural feel. Residents enjoy the convenience provided by big-city amenities as close-by as a 15-minute drive while also deriving peace and pleasure from the area’s natural environs, where wildlife and indigenous flora maintain their stake in the land.

Located just 15 miles north of Milwaukee along the shores of Lake Michigan, Mequon has a population of about 22,000. Tollefson said
the population is neither growing nor declining. Most residents are
in the higher income brackets and most skew a bit older with the
median age being 45.

Mequon enjoyed an economic boom in the late 1990s and early 2000s, but underwent a decline in residential population after the 2008 economic downturn. Since then, she said, the city has been rebounding strongly, regaining its economic footing.

Economic recovery has been aided, in part, by a change in city zoning rules that allows for houses to be built on one-acre lots. Previously the minimum lot size was five acres. The rezoning of a 380-acre parcel has encouraged the development of two subdivisions on the city’s west side.

The city is home to business parks and corporate centers, with solid commercial corridors featuring a variety of retail establishments on both the east and west sides. The Village of Thiensville, just over one-square-mile in size, is surrounded by Mequon on all sides and has a population of about 3,200.

Thiensville’s residential areas are built out, said Van Mobley, village president. Older houses that have been refurbished bolster the village’s strong economic base, attracting buyers. The village offers large ranch-style houses that sell for between $200,000 and $270,000. There are also two-story homes on the village’s north side priced around $300,000.

Mobley said the village is seeing a rebound in interest and prices of condominiums. Apartments built in the late ‘60s are undergoing condo conversions. The White Coach condominium development on S. Main Street is expanding with the construction of a 16-unit building, he said.

The Village of Thiensville has a flourishing business district and a strong business association. The Village offers an array of unique and independently owned restaurants, coffee houses, shops, galleries, professional offices and more. The Thiensville Business Association hosts a popular outdoor Village Market at Thiensville Village Park every Tuesday between June and October.

The Thiensville business district continues to grow. In 2016, a new three-story medical building opened downtown. The Thiensville Health Alliance building located on Main Street brings a variety of complementary medical services to the community all under one roof. The building was developed by Dr. Gary Lewis and Andrea Mayerson. Dr. Lewis previously operated an independent medical practice in downtown Thiensville and saw this development as an opportunity to expand his own offices and accommodate other wellness related businesses.

Port Washington State Bank is building a new bank branch on Main Street in Thiensville and will open in the spring of 2017. Mobley mentioned several parcels of land along N. Main Street and on Green Bay Road are ripe for redevelopment.

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