AutoZone wins Oak Creek panel's backing

Store will be the second in the city

May 23, 2012

AutoZone likely will break ground soon on another location in Oak Creek, at 2555 W. Ryan Road.

The Plan Commission on Tuesday unanimously recommended approval of a certified survey map and site, building and landscaping plans for the business.

The proposed 7,340-square-foot building will have a lot with 40 parking spaces and employ eight to 12 workers. Proposed hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Jeff Kauerz, AutoZone project manager, said construction is expected to begin in mid-June and should be complete within about four months.

Finished primarily with red brick, the exterior of the building will resemble that of Oak Creek's existing AutoZone store, at 311 E. Puetz Road, Kauerz said.

Typically the project would include installation of a sidewalk extending the entire length of the property. Due to the fact that the planned 2014 Ryan Road/Highway 100 reconstruction project will include sidewalks, though, the city will not require AutoZone to install them.

As part of the certified survey map review, City Planner Jeff Fortin recommended AutoZone work with the neighboring Mobil gas station to create a cross-access easement between the two businesses. Although not mandatory, now would be the ideal time to address the matter, Fortin said.

Andy Heinen, civil engineering project manager with Kimley-Horn and Associates, said the cost to install a cross-access drive could be substantial, due to the difference in grades between the two properties. However, Kauerz indicated that AutoZone would pursue that discussion with Mobil.

The Plan Commission's recommendation of the project plans is subject to several conditions, including review and approval of final site grading, drainage and stormwater management plans, utility plans, a lighting plan and a landscaping plan; site plan modification to reflect new rights of way and ensure no landscaping is in future right of way; updating of the business sign to that of a monument/ground sign that meets city zoning codes; and approval of any modification to onsite wetlands prior to the issuance of building permits.


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