Friday, April 26, 2013
A developer is looking to renovate the vacant Kmart building into several commercial units.
Xperience Fitness might one of the new tenants at the former Kmart building, reported the Business Journal. The Waukesha Kmart building, 120 E. Sunset Drive, has been vacant for more than a year. Endeavour Corporation is purchasing the property and is renovating the former Kmart building into several commercial units that may include Xperience Fitness. The city is looking to provide a $2.6 million pay as you go tax incremental financing incentive to help the $13 million renovation. Xperience Fitness signed a letter of intent for about 40,000 square feet of the building, reported the Business Journal. The gym has a smaller space on West Sunset Drive and would move into the larger space. There are currently 10 operating Xperience gyms in …
Friday, April 19, 2013
An area real estate development company plans to purchase the former Kmart building on Sunset Drive and is looking for a $2.6 million pay-as-you-go tax incremental financing incentive from the City of Waukesha.
The Waukesha Kmart building has been vacant for more than a year, but a large redevelopment project is in the works. The Endeavour Corporation is purchasing the property and is renovating the former Kmart building into several commercial units, according to City Planner Jennifer Andrews. The real estate development company also intends to build two satellite stores on the property that is located near South East Avenue and East Sunset Drive. The city is looking to provide a $2.6 million pay as you go tax incremental financing incentive to the developer, according to Andrews. The proposal would require the city to pay the $2.6 million to the developer from the increased property taxes on the newly developed property. The Waukesha Common …
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Three Waukesha Public Works employees are being accused of stealing over $10,000.
Three City of Waukesha employees, who have been suspended, are facing possible charges for thefts of over $10,000 as early as May, reported Waukesha Now. One of the suspended city employees was arrested in March after it was reported he was on city garage property after he was ordered not be on the property. The Waukesha County Sheriff has referred charges to the DA for the suspended Public Works employees. District Attorney Brad Schimel told Waukesha Now that it is too early to determine if charges will be issued and the DA's review should be completed in May.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Waukesha Police Department calls from March 22 through March 26.
A suspended city employee was arrested after it was reported he was on city garage property at 300 Sentry Drive after he was ordered to not be on the property at 3:30 p.m. Friday, according to the Waukesha Police Department's call log. The Waukesha Freeman is reporting three city employees are on administrative leave while the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department is conducting a theft investigation. In other Waukesha Police Department calls:
Monday, February 11, 2013
Study examining space need at Waukesha County Courthouse will look at adding city offices to the county building.
A space needs analysis to determine if Waukesha County should rebuild or remodel the county courthouse could cost the city $15,632 as the city looks to see if it should locate offices to the courthouse. Waukesha County would pay $158,245 for the study that would review the possibility of relocating City Hall to the county building. The combined $173,877 expense is under the $250,000 budget proposed by the county. “The study will provide information on where the City Hall would be located in the building; what spaces could be shared; how access and security would be accommodated; the cost to the city for construction; other information needed to make an informed decision on this matter,” said City Administrator Ed Henschel in a memo to the …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Sheboygan bank files a foreclosure lawsuit against The Clarke Hotel and the City of Waukesha; the city put $1.5 million into the hotel development.
The Clarke Hotel’s financial difficulties have led to a Sheboygan bank filing a foreclosure lawsuit against its owners and the City of Waukesha. The lawsuit was filed Monday in Waukesha County Circuit Court claiming that Bethesda Development II is in default of its mortgage agreement because of the business’s failure to pay real estate taxes. Waukesha County tax records show The Clarke Hotel is behind in paying taxes from 2011. Combined with taxes from 2012, The Clarke Hotel owes $233,009.58 in real estate taxes. Because the taxes were not paid, Community Bank & Trust is alleging Bethesda Development II has defaulted on its two loans from the bank, now owing the bank $3.41 million. The original loans were for $3.4 million, the complaint …
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
The City of Waukesha is delighted to open a new window for clearer information on citizen services, with fresh citizen ideas, through a new website.
Editor's Note: The following news release was provided to Patch via a news release from Waukesha Mayor Jeff Scrima. The City of Waukesha is delighted to open a new window for clearer information on citizen services, with fresh citizen ideas, through a new website. The website, designed through website analytics and community collaboration, provides a communication breezeway with navigation that is swift, simple and certain. The website highlights Money Magazine’s ranking of Waukesha as the only city in Wisconsin to make its 2012 list of the “100 Best Places to Live” in America, and includes: We are proud of our IT and customer service team for their planning and work in creating a more enjoyable experience for the hundreds of thousands of …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Preliminary numbers have been giving to the office and professional employee union as the city begins collective bargaining for next year.
The City of Waukesha is asking some workers to take a pay freeze in 2013 as the city moves forward with negotiations with its public employee unions. The initial wage proposal, which calls for no raises next year, was delivered to the office and professional union Thursday afternoon. The union has not yet submitted its proposal to the city. That union is the first one representing city workers to receive a wage proposal. Typically, all city workers receive the same offer, so it's likely that city officials will ask the same of other unions. Under the provisions of the state's new collective bargaining law, public employees – with the exception of police and fire personnel – can only negotiate wages and not other working conditions. Gov. …
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Suspect had $51,000 in benefits paid out between 2002 and 2006, according to criminal complaint.
A Waukesha city employee is facing charges after he allegedly lied about being legally married and collected benefits for her for four years. George J. Poniewaz, 54, was charged Thursday in Waukesha County Circuit Court with one count of uttering a forgery and one count of filing fraudulent claims. If convicted, he faces nearly seven years in prison and $20,000 in fines. According to the criminal complaint: In March, Poniewaz registered for funeral leave after he said his wife had died, but after human resources employees looked into his personnel file they discovered he was listed as divorced since 2007, which made him ineligible for spousal funeral leave. When confronted with the information, Poniewaz told officials the divorce never …
Monday, October 10, 2011
Interim City Administrator Steve Crandell outlines areas that city is cutting spending and it's proposed tax levy.
Monday, October 10, 2011
Editor's Note: After Patch readers requested the full budget memo written by Steve Crandell, interim city administrator, Patch received an electronic copy of the memo and is posting it here. Letter of Transmittal October 7, 2011 The Honorable Mayor Scrima, Council President Ybarra, Finance Committee Chair Joe Pieper, Members of the Finance Committee and the full Common Council and Department Directors: Introduction Over the course of the last several weeks the Finance Staff and I have worked collaboratively with Mayor Scrima as we developed the 2012 Executive Budget. As a result, the Finance staff and I have finalized the Executive Budget. This budget takes into consideration the financial reality of its taxpayers while addressing the City…