5/1/2013 12:42:00 PM Commission OKs daycare, new streets
Two new streets in the North Industrial Park and a day care center at 702 N. Main St. were approved Thursday, April 25 by the city Planning Commission. The commission met at City Hall. The commission also approved a land subdivision for Del Van Gilder at 2261 22nd St. in the Town of Rice Lake. That property is just north of Hwy. 48 on the east side of Hwy. M. Proposed are two lots, one of which is zoned Business. The new streets in the North Industrial Park are an extension of Lindy Avenue to the north to meet with 22 1/2 Street, and Schwers Avenue to the south where it will dead end. "This is the next phase of the North Industrial Park development," consulting city engineer Dan Penzkover of SEH told the commission. SEH, the city's engineering company, designed the new streets. Lindy Street is the main street in the industrial park. It currently extends 1,930 feet west from Hwy. SS, then dead ends at the Push site. There had been discussion several years ago about the development of another Hwy. 53 interchange at 22 1/2 Street, but that proposal was never accepted by the state Department of Transportation. "If it ever happens it's going to be light years down the road," said Commissioner Jess Miller. The new Schwers Avenue will be just west of Schwers Avenue. Kenway, a septic business, will use the new Schwers Avenue for its business access rather than driving through residential areas from the south as it does now. The industrial park is part of Tax Increment Finance District 2. Improvements in that district must be done by Dec. 31, 2014 to qualify for TIF financing. Under a TIF, tax revenues from the district are used for improvements in that district and are not paid into the city's general fund. Rice Lake Utilities will fund the costs of water and sewer development along the new streets. The city plans to annex a 40-acre parcel bought from the late Peter Willger as part of the industrial park development. Construction costs of extending Lindy Street are estimated at $1.6 million, plus about $575,000 for utility upgrades. Construction costs for Schwers Avenue are estimated at $343,000 plus $133,000 for utility upgrades. The proposed day care center will be operated by Kim Apfel of 315 W. Marshall St. The building is the former Boys & Girls club. It has also been a church and day care in the past. Speaking in favor of the day care was neighbor and councilman Bruce Willers, of 722 N. Main.