Mequon - Concordia University-Wisconsin has the go-ahead to build a six-court tennis complex on the 40-acre lot south of the main campus.
The Planning Commission on Monday approved a conditional use grant and site plan which together allow Concordia to build six enclosed tennis courts and 41 parking spaces to accommodate players and spectators.
Concordia expects the non-illuminated courts to be used for approximately six months out of the year, and will be open to the public at yet to be determined times. Courts will be surrounded by 10-foot chain link fences with windscreen fabric, with 4-foot fences separating the courts. The entrance to the courts will be off Highland Road, in the same place where access had been for temporary parking on the lot.
Concordia Senior Vice-President Duane Hilgendorf said that university administrators don't yet know when construction will begin.
"It may be that we start in the spring," he said, "but we may hold off for a while."
The tennis courts were originally centered on the lot as part of a comprehensive development plan and zoning change which ultimately failed in 2011. Assistant Community Development Director Jac Zader said in a staff report that the tennis courts will likely be the first of several alterations to the site.
"While staff preferred this comprehensive approach to the development of this parcel," Zader wrote, "we understand that as a result of the inability of the applicant to rezone the parcel, it is likely that we will see a piecemeal approach of the development of this parcel."
The use grant approved Monday is conditioned on city review of final plans, the addition of trees on the east side, and a requirement that only patrons of the court and spectators use the parking lot, among landscaping and stormwater requirements.
City staff said that the courts likely won't generate significant amounts of traffic, and at 600 feet from the nearest residence, shouldn't be a disturbance.
"We feel this would have little impact on the neighborhood," Zader said.
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