GRAFTON – The village of Grafton is set to repurpose the former Clark Station site, clearing it so it can be made available as a food truck site.
The finance committee on Monday discussed a plan to convert the 1020 Washington Street site to Grafton Station, a village-run property that could accommodate food trucks. According to information from village staff, they were contacted by a food truck salesman to use the site for his business.
The site has been vacant for several years since the closure of Clark Station and had to undergo the removal of underground gas tanks left after the property was abandoned.
“Unfortunately the site is in poor condition since the removal of the underground storage tanks also removed some of the concrete,” Grafton village administrator Jesse Thyes wrote in a briefing to the committee of councils. finance.
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“Staff worked with Ozaukee County on a preliminary cost estimate of $8,840 for the paving,” he added.
The site, once redeveloped, could accommodate one or two food trucks at a time.
The Finance Committee sent the item to the Village Council with a positive recommendation that the Village use up to $10,000 from the Village Revolving Credit Fund to cover site improvements.
There is currently up to $35,000 available in the revolving loan fund for economic development projects, beyond the $450,000 the village is holding back for future loans, according to village information. The village council will need to approve the use of the funds at its next meeting before the funding is finalized.
“The village will prepare the site and work with Ozaukee County on paving,” Thyes said. “There are several other steps to realizing the vision of a food truck site, including but not limited to establishing a ‘rental’ permit for use of the site, as well as other logistical details.”
A layout plan for Grafton station was also approved by the Planning Commission this week at its meeting on Tuesday.
“The original plan for the Clark site at 1020 Washington Street was to work with the owner to the north – the Patel family – to combine the two properties for a mixed-use redevelopment project. Unfortunately the Patels have indicated to the staff that they are unable to move forward in the near future, (so) the staff are developing the food truck idea to create a managed food truck site by the village”, Jessica, director of community development for the village. Wolff said in a memo to the commission.
Wolff said the Grafton Station site would be an interim use. Once the owners to the north are ready to plan a redevelopment of the two properties together, the village is still planning that.
In the meantime, the creation of the temporary location for the food trucks will give the property a potential function and allow it to be finished and maintained.
Right now the use is really just to clear the site,” said village chairman and planning commissioner Jim Brunnquell. “It’s a potential use. We had some interest.