Panel also approves plans for new U-Haul site

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The city's newest supermarket site will get a new restaurant while the site of a long-vacated supermarket has a new owner and tenant.

In separate decisions on Feb. 22, the Waukesha Plan Commission approved the final design plans for a proposed Panda Express restaurant on the city's southeast side next to Meijer and for a U-Haul facility in the former Jewel-Osco grocery store at the corner of Highway 164 and Arcadian Avenue.

Panda Express

Plans call for a 2,600-square-foot restaurant, operated by Panda Express, to be built at the northwest corner of the Meijer property near Sunset Drive and Tenny Avenue.

Doug Koehler, a city planner, asked for some additional landscaping on the east side of the property, but said the plans overall were in good shape.

The proposal, from CFT NV Developments LLC, an affiliate of Panda Restaurant Group, is the second made by the company in Waukesha. The city denied an earlier CFT proposal to turn the former site of the Gasthaus, 2720 N. Grandview Blvd., into a multi-tenant shopping center with a standalone Panda Express restaurant.

As a result, CFT has sued the city.

U-Haul

The commission also officially OK'd a U-Haul facility in the former Jewel-Osco, a facility that has been twice vacated in its short history – first in 2007 when Jewel-Osco abandoned the Milwaukee-area market a decade ago and again in 2008 when Sentry left the site after a short stay.

Since 2008, the store sat empty, with posted "lease or for sale" signs for the 7.56-acre parcel indicating that the property was being marketed, though without much success until U-Haul took it over.

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According to planning documents approved last week, U-Haul will add some windows to the front and side of the 62,450-square-foot building.

City Community Development Specialist Jeff Fortin said some landscape maintenance and restoration is necessary at the site as well, though the extent of it will not be known until spring.

He suggested, and the commission approved, that U-Haul submit a financial guarantee – in the form of a bond, letter of credit or cash deposit – of $5,000 to ensure that work is completed once staff has had a chance to re-evaluate the site when winter is over.

There are a handful of other U-Haul rental locations in the city, according to the company's website, on South West Avenue, Lincoln Avenue and Bluemound and Silvernail roads.

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