Projects could bring downtown Williams Bay to life

Last updated on May 13th, 2019 at 02:41 pm

For years, Williams Bay has been the quiet community on Geneva Lake in Walworth County, overshadowed by the resorts, lakefront mansions and busy beaches of Lake Geneva and Fontana. However, that could change as Anthony Navilio plans to pump some life into sleepy downtown Williams Bay. “It’s the last part of Geneva Lake that hasn’t really been developed,” said Patty Goff, Navilio’s business manager. “We see it as a nice destination spot.”

Navilio is the owner of French County Inn, a bed and breakfast inn located on Lake Como near Lake Geneva, the Bayside Motel in Williams Bay and Charley O’s, a restaurant in Williams Bay.

Navilio is the owner of French County Inn, a bed and breakfast inn located on Lake Como near Lake Geneva, the Bayside Motel in Williams Bay and Charley O’s, a restaurant in Williams Bay.

Navilio plans to develop a pair of buildings in downtown Williams Bay. He plans to build a three-story, 51-room condo hotel at the northeast corner of Geneva Street and Highway 67. He also wants to build a two-story, 16,000-square-foot building with about 8,000 square feet of retail space on the first floor and eight loft condominiums on the second floor, southeast of Walworth Avenue and Geneva Street. That building would be built on the site of a vacant lot and a seven-unit apartment building, which would be torn down.

The condo hotel would be built on a 1.7-acre property that is mostly vacant but does have a small commercial building, which Navilio owns, and is occupied by Café Calamari, an Italian restaurant, and Harpoon Willies, a bar and grill. The condo hotel building will be built next to that building. The site features a view of Geneva Lake across Geneva Street.

The units in the hotel would be sold as condominiums. Navilio assumes that most of the people who will buy those units will use them as weekend residences, Goff said. When they are not being used by the owners, the rooms will be available for rent just like a typical hotel room.

The condo hotel and the retail/loft condo building will bring more traffic into downtown Williams Bay, which would benefit the businesses in the area, Goff said. The proposals have been embraced by the Williams Bay business community, according to village board president Don Weyhrauch.

The population of Williams Bay is growing, as the Chicago area continues to sprawl across the state line. Williams Bay had a population of 2,415 in 2000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and it increased by about 10.5 percent by 2005 to an estimated 2,668. That growth could fuel more development in the village’s downtown.

“There’s a lot of subdivisions going in,” Goff said.   


Developer Mic Anic plans to redevelop the former J.J. Koepsell plumbing warehouse at the northwest corner of Eighth Street and Indiana Avenue with a mixed-use development that could include office, retail and residential space. The 48,000-square-foot, four-story building was constructed around 1900 and sits at a prominent location along the Sheboygan River in the city’s downtown area. Redeveloping the building is one of the goals of the city ‘s downtown Harbor Centre master plan. The area around Eighth Street and Indiana is attracting additional development. Milwaukee-based Dixon Development is redeveloping the former C. Reiss Coal Co. headquarters at 1011 S. Eighth St., creating 2,200 square feet of retail space and 18 residential condominiums. The owners of the Highland House restaurant in Mequon are building a second location at Eighth Street and Indiana Avenue in Sheboygan.


Geneva, Ill.-based Sho-Deen Inc. is having a hard time getting approval for the massive development it has proposed in the Town of Delavan. Sho-Deen wants to build 4,770 multi- and single-family homes and some commercial development on a 2,000-acre site located south of Interstate 43 between the City of Delavan and Elkhorn. Sho-Deen has made changes to the proposal, eliminating about 1,200 homes and dropping plans for a golf course and resort. However, several Town of Delavan residents have objected to the huge development. The town’s plan commission recently voted against the project. However, it still must be reviewed by the Town Board and County Board. Sho-Deen could try to annex the property to Elkhorn or Delavan in an attempt to get its project approved.

West Bend

Appleton-based Alliance Development plans to construct a 6,750-square-foot retail building on a one-acre lot at the southwest corner of South Main Street and Butternut Street. The tenants in the building will be a Panera Bread restaurant and a FedEx Kinko’s store. A former Burger King restaurant building on the property will be demolished. Richmond Heights, Mo.-based Panera Bread Company has 939 restaurant locations in the U.S., including 14 in southeastern Wisconsin.

Cole Manufacturing Corp. plans to double the size of its 10,800-square-foot industrial building, which sits on a 2.5-acre parcel of land at 801 Schoenhaar Drive. The tool-and-die and metal stamping company has 18 employees.

Hy-Tech Forward LLC plans to build a 6,000-square-foot industrial building on a 1.9-acre lot at 106 W. Progress Drive. The company’s future plans include a pair of expansions totaling 18,000 square feet of additional space. The company plans to move to West Bend from its current location at 11110 N. Brundtrock Ave. in Mequon.

West Allis

Sidcor Real Estate plans to build a new, 14,490-square-foot Walgreens store at the southeast corner of West Greenfield Avenue and South 60th Street.


Easton Entertainment Inc. plans to open a Beef O’Brady’s Family Sports Pub at 1230 George Towne Drive. The space was formerly occupied by a Marine boat store. Beef O’Brady’s is a restaurant chain owned by Tampa, Fla.-based Family Sports Concepts Inc. There are now about 218 Beef O’Brady locations in 19 states in the southeast and Midwest, but the only Wisconsin location is in Muskego. Additional Beef O’Brady locations are planned in Hartland and Sun Prairie.

Berta Duran plans to open a Su Casa Mexican Grill restaurant at 1405-K Capitol Drive. The space was formerly occupied by Broadwalk Bistro. Duran also owns restaurants in Menomonee Falls and New Berlin.

Menomonee Falls

New Berlin-based Layton State Bank plans to open a new branch at W129 N6889 Northfield Drive in Menomonee Falls. The bank has $102 million in total assets and three locations in New Berlin, Greendale and the south side of Milwaukee.


Tracy Birdsall and Joy Anderson plan to open a Dinner by Design franchise at 6650 W. State St. Dinner by Design, a Grayslake, Ill.-based chain of home meal prep kitchens, already has locations in Brookfield, Delafield, Glendale, Grafton, Greenfield, Kenosha, Menomonee Falls, New Berlin, Oak Creek, Racine and Waukesha. Another Dinner by Design will open soon in the City of Milwaukee in a 1,800-square-foot space at 2121 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. in the Bay View neighborhood.


Kohler-based Kohler Credit Union plans to build a new, 4,000-square-foot branch on a one-acre site on Washington Street, east of Port Washington Road. Kohler Credit Union currently has branch locations in Kohler, Plymouth, Howards Grove, Saukville and two in Sheboygan.


Guardian Credit Union recently opened a new branch office at 1501 E. Sunset Drive in Waukesha. The credit union has five additional locations in Menomonee Falls, West Milwaukee, West Allis, South Milwaukee and Racine, and plans to open a location this summer at 7801 S. Howell Ave. in Oak Creek.


Water Water Everywhere, a national retailer that sells designer swimwear and accessories, plans to open a store at Bayshore Town Center. The store will occupy 1,300 square feet of space north of Bayshore’s town square and next to the Nine West store. Water Water Everywhere has more than 60 locations in the U.S. This will be the first location in Wisconsin.

Mount Pleasant

Tri City National Bank recently opened a new branch inside the new Pick ‘n Save store at 1202 N. Green Bay Road. Tri City now has 20 branches in Pick ‘n Save grocery stores and a total of 37 locations in the greater Milwaukee area. Oak Creek-based Tri City National Bank Corp. has about $712.5 million in assets.


The Village of Sussex recently issued a request for proposals (RFP) for a vacant, 39.7-acre, village-owned property along Maple Avenue. The village wants to see a medium density residential development occur on the property, with homes on one-third to three-quarters acre lots. To obtain a copy of the RFP contact assistant village administrator Jeremy Smith at (262) 246-5200.


Boerke Company

HNTB Corp. leased 26,451 square feet of office space at 11414 W. Park Place, Milwaukee, from Liberty Property Trust.
SunDance Rehabilitation Corporation leased 7,409 square feet of office space at 7033 Washington Ave., Racine, from Veltus Professional Building LLC.

CB Richard Ellis

Countrywide Home Loan Inc. leased 2,800 square feet of retail space at 1520 S. 108th St., West Allis, from BV West Allis LLC.
Trinity Staffing Group LLC leased 4,098 square feet of space at 3900 W. Brown Deer Road, Brown Deer, from Diverse Investments.
More Mobile LLC d.b.a. U.S. Celluar leased 1,160 square feet of retail space at the southwest corner of Highway 16 and Highway 83 in Delafield.
Cash Advance Centers of Wisconsin Inc. leased 2,136 square feet of retail space at N112 W15800 W. Mequon Road, Germantown, from Brick Kiln LLC.
Avanti Corporation leased 9,983 square feet of industrial space at 5145 S. Town Dr., New Berlin, from TDB LLC.
Ideal Image of Wisconsin LLC leased 1,847 square feet of retail space at 15445 W. Bluemound Road, Brookfield, from B.R. Brookfield Commons No.1 LLC.
Great Clips Inc. leased 2,400 square feet of retail space at 150 S. Sunnyslope Road, Brookfield, from 150 Sunnyslope LLC.

Conklin Real Estate Services

Health One Milwaukee LLC leased space in the Brown Deer Business Park from HSA Commercial.
Inland Companies
Achieve Health & Wellness Center leased 3,200 square feet of retail space at Hartford Plaza, 1231 Bell Ave., Hartford.
Elematic Inc. leased 14,000 square feet of flex space on Sommer Drive in Brookfield.
Germanischer Lloyd Industrial Systems leased 4,150 square feet of flex space at 2345 S. Commerce Dr., New Berlin.
Paragon Foam Fabricators leased 19,416 square feet of industrial space at 4410 N. 132nd St., Butler.
Concord Electric leased 9,600 square feet of warehouse space at N27 W23921 Paul Road, Pewaukee.
Freight First Corp. leased 15,000 square feet of warehouse space at N115 W19028 Edison Dr., Germantown.
Esquire Petroleum leased 632 square feet of office space at Arbor Terrace I, at 333 Bishops Ways, Brookfield.

NAI MLG Commercial

Planned Furniture Promotions Inc. leased 34,150 square feet of industrial space at 2100 E. College Ave., Cudahy, from Ace Industrial Park.
Masteq LLC leased 4,170 square feet of industrial space at 9610 S. Franklin Dr., Franklin, from Oak
Brook Apple LLC.
Premier Moving and Storage leased 1,800 square feet of industrial space at 402 Travis Lane, Waukesha, from Milwaukee Street Partners LLC.
Harbor Management Inc. leased 3,095 square feet of office space in Crossroads Corporate Center II in Brookfield from KPK Investments.

Ogden & Company

Sunshine Adoption Inc. leased 2,115 square feet of office space at 3505 N. 124th St., Brookfield.
The Sierra Club renewed its lease for 741 square feet of office space for its Great Waters Group in the Oaks Building at 8112 W. Bluemound Road, Wauwatosa.

Boerke Company

Silverstein Enterprises at New Berlin LLC purchased 8.59 acres at 5600-5700 S. Moorland Road, New Berlin, from Westridge Development East LLC.

CB Richard Ellis

S&L Holdings LLC purchased the 33,196-square-foot Capitol Cinemas building at 1275 Capitol Dr., Pewaukee, from Rosebud Partners Inc.
GRS No. 2 LLC purchased a 2,520-square-foot retail building at 10870 W. Bluemound Road, Wauwatosa, from Wauwatosa Pizza Associates.
Jomela Holdings Two LLC purchased a 7,475-square-foot building at 4122-34 W. Silver Spring DR., Milwaukee, from Weber Revocable Trust.
9501 Greenfield Avenue LLC purchased a 4,000-square-foot building at 9501-09 W. Greenfield Avenue LLC from L&B Enterprises.

Dickman Company

Doral Properties LLC purchased 34,000 square feet of industrial space at 21320 Doral Road, Waukesha, from Koch Family Partnership.

NAI MLG Commcieral

Big Bend Development purchased 17 acres of land at 410 N. Wales Road, Wales, from Leona Schuster. Big Bend also purchased an acre of land at 430 N. Wales Road from Frank and Anna Mae Badciong. Big Bend is planning to build a condominium development on the properties.

Ogden & Company

Olson Capital Investments purchased the 23,000-square-foot warehouse in the Mukwonago Business Park at 710-740 Swan Dr., Mukwanago, from EPOS Acquisitions LLC.

New construction

Briohn Building Corp., Brookfield, recently completed the design and construction of a 24,740-square-foot building for Aerial Work Platforms Inc. at W230 N6080 Hi Tech Dr., Sussex. In addition, Briohn has been contracted to design and build a 35,165-square-foot new building for Caleffi-North America at 3880 West Milwaukee Road, Milwaukee.

Triad Construction Inc., West Allis, recently completed the renovation of two tenant spaces at Southridge Mall in Greendale for a new Time Warner Cable store. Triad Construction was also recently awarded the $3 million House of Peace renovation and expansion project.

Briohn Building Corp., Brookfield, recently completed the design and construction of two tenant improvements for K&Z Partners LLC at 400 W. Bell Court in Oak Creek. The first is an 11,291-square-foot tenant build out for Alsco Inc. The second is a 6,400-square-foot build out and warehouse expansion for Right Way Industrial Company Ltd. Briohn has also been contracted to design and renovate a 13,000-square-foot interior remodeling for Medovations Inc. at 102 E. Keefe Ave., Milwaukee.

Inland Companies, Milwaukee, recently completed the new construction of Stadium Business Park III, a 45,000-square-foot office and warehouse building at 3935 W. Mitchell St., Milwaukee. Inland also recently completed the build-out of 15,000 square feet of medical office space for Aurora Health Care at Stadium Business Park II at 4111 W. Mitchell St., Milwaukee. Inland also recently completed the tenant improvement for the 8,116-square-foot office space for the U.S. Army Main Station at 11100 W. Liberty Dr., Milwaukee.

Peter Schwabe Inc., Big Bend, was recently awarded the contract to build the 25,280-square-foot Lake Country Plaza development at Ryan Street and Highway 16 in Pewaukee. Lake Country Plaza will have two buildings, one for a Fred Astaire Dance Studio and one for retail space.

Wahlgren-Schwenn, Menomonee Falls, is renovating a 32,000-square-foot building at N26 W23322 Paul Road, Pewaukee, for HFM Packaging Ltd. The facility was formerly used by VivaColor, and was vacant for about two years. The building will serve as HFM’s new headquarters and manufacturing center.
VJS Construction Services, Pewaukee, is remodeling a 6,500-square-foot building in West Allis to create a new bank branch for Wauwatosa Savings Bank.

Selzer-Ornst Co., Wauwatosa, was recently selected to renovate the floors for the 230,000-square-foot Wells Fargo Home Mortgage building in downtown Milwaukee. Selzer-Ornst was also recently selected to build a new, 13,000-square-foot showroom building for the Mercedes Benz dealership on Highway 18 in Waukesha. Selzer-Ornst also recently completed the build-out for Solberg Eye Care on Sunset Drive in Waukesha. Selzer-Ornst also recently completed construction of private offices, work space, a reception area and kitchen for ABRI Health Care at 2400 S. 102nd St., West Allis. Selzer-Ornst also recently completed the renovation to the Country Christian School in Nashotah, which included the demolition of existing classrooms and office area and construction of a new office, science laboratory and science classroom.
Keller Inc. was recently awarded the interior build out for Times Square Bistro and Pizzeria in Walker’s Point Plaza at 605 S. 1st St., Milwaukee.

MSI General Corp., Oconomowoc, has been chosen to design and build extensive remodeling and additions for the H.C. Brill Company at 7350 S. 10th St., Oak Creek. The project will include demolition and remodeling of the process area and a 15,000-square-foot addition and boiler room construction.


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