Planners approve new bank building

by Emmitt B. Feldner
of The Review staff

PLYMOUTH – Bank First National’s plans for a new bank building on Eastern Avenue won Plan Commission approval Thursday.

The commission also gave their nod to building expansions at Sargento Foods and Lazy Boy Car Wash as well as an annexation on Suhrke Road.

Rich Huebner of Kubala Washatko Architects presented the plans for Bank First National’s 7,000-square foot bank at 2700 Eastern Avenue.

The building, which will replace the bank’s current facility at 2323 Eastern Avenue, will be similar in design to buildings the bank has built elsewhere, including locations on Kohler Memorial Drive in Sheboygan and in Two Rivers, Huebner said.

It will include three drive-up aisles and a separate ATM aisle on the north side of the building. The only signage will be two wall-mounted signs on the building.

It will share a driveway to the east with the Kettle Moraine Veterinary Clinic next door, along with a smaller driveway on the western edge of the lot.

Huebner added that provision has been made for a possible future access off Carr Road to the northern end of the bank.

Chad Blanke, the new owner of Lazy Boy Car Wash at 1404 Eastern Ave., told the commission he wants to expand the car wash to add new bays and more efficient equipment.

He explained he has purchased property from Paul Weis Auto Repair to the west to make room for the extra bay and other expansion.

With the added bay and updated equipment, Blanke said, “we can put cars through more quickly. We want to capture and reuse 80 percent of our water.”

The plan also calls for a new blue metal roof that Blanke said would give the building a cleaner look.

Gary Jaeger, architect/construction manager at Sargento, presented plans for a 6,000-square foot addition to the company’s office space at 1 Persnickety Place.

The addition would be located to the east of the existing office space and would match the building in colors and materials, he told the commission.

The company plans to start on the addition in May and finish by the end of the year.

The commission recommended an annexation request from Thomas, Terri, Gerald and Mary Wieser for a strip of land between Suhrke and Rustic roads between the Tom and Jerry mini-golf course and the Wieser Cabinets building on North Milwaukee Street.

The commission also recommended to the City Council that the property be rezoned to R-4 multi-family residential upon annexation.

The annexation and rezoning request now go the council for final action, following a public hearing before the council.

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