By Kevin Boneske
HOWARD – An application by T-Bone Investments to rezone two parcels along Milltown Road, from R-5 Rural Estate Residential to B-2 Highway Commercial, was approved last month by the Village council.
The Howard Plan Commission recommended the zoning change a week earlier, when it also supported a site plan for Maplewood Meats for the construction of a parking lot and the Evergreen Avenue connection proposed by the Department of Wisconsin Transportation and Milltown Road – part of which will be vacated by DOT and the Village – and reconfigure and expand the main parking lot west of Maplewood Meats.
Community Development Director Dave Wiese said the project is intended to stay ahead of the construction of the State Highway 29 / County VV interchange.
“The village will have to evacuate certain rights-of-way,” he said. “There are going to have to be some improvements. Things are going to have to be, obviously, buttoned up.”
Wiese said the project is consistent with the development of the region.
“Their long term plan was to develop the property,” he said.
Devin Winter of Excel Engineering spoke on behalf of the project last month, when he told the panel that the two parcels under zoning are on the north side of the existing Milltown Road.
“What is happening is that the requester more or less makes the connection from the project, or what is currently under construction as Evergreen (Avenue), by connecting to what is the existing Milltown Road for a connection to their existing parking lot. ” he said.
Winter said the part of Milltown Road vacated will be divided among the landowners.
“The north side would then be a trailer / truck parking lot (zone), with additional vehicle parking to the north – future expansion in the north for future expansion in the east,” he said. “And then, as part of that as well, there would be an extension of the parking lot of their main facility, which they currently have right now, and then resolving the grading and storm water issues as part of the project. . “
Village president Burt McIntyre said he was excited about the project.
“I know (Maplewood Meats) has been trying to grow for a while, and you want to get that cork out of the bottle,” he said.