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Ink dries on Thiensville Main Street deal

Property to become Thiensville Health Alliance

A preliminary rendering of the Thiensville Health Alliance building as seen from Main Street.

A preliminary rendering of the Thiensville Health Alliance building as seen from Main Street. Photo By Courtesy of Dr. Gary Lewis

Sept. 18, 2013

Thiensville — Co-partners Gary Lewis and Andrea Mayerson have won the bid for Thiensville's village-owned Main Street property and will proceed with plans for their three-story, mixed-used Thiensville Health Alliance building.

On Monday, the Village Board approved the sale of the former Riemer's Flowers, D&D Electronics and Sea N' Sand Scuba sites for $60,410. The village purchased the sites for a total of $297,000 in 2012 and later razed the buildings to make way for redevelopment. Village President Van Mobley said the board agreed to a reduced sale price similar to that which helped facilitate the nearby Fiddleheads Coffee Roasters redevelopment.

"Dr. Lewis is a great partner with the village," Mobley said. "He's been a member of the village. We're happy we had him where he was in the past and we're happy to be partnering with him in this central area."

A ceremonial groundbreaking will take place at the site, 136 Main Street, at 5 p.m. Sept. 25 to kick off a business forum between village officials and local developers.

The Thiensville Health Alliance building was one of three proposals made to village officials by local businesses over the summer. Mobley said village officials are working to help find places in Thiensville for the other two businesses.

Lewis, a longtime area physician who first owned a practice in Brown Deer before moving to Thiensville in 2005, plans retail storefronts on the ground level, medical practices including his own, a partner physician from Mequon, physical therapy, chiropractic, massage, psychotherapy and acupuncture on the second floor, and a conference center, workshop, exercise gym and miscellaneous rental space on the third.

Village Administrator Dianne Robertson said Wednesday that whether the building uses well or municipal water, among other details, will need to be worked out over the coming months as building plans are approved by elected officials.

Lewis said he plans to break ground on the site "as soon as possible" with an expected completion date in late-summer 2014.

"It's been a dream of mine, since I began practice, to have an integrative medical clinic where we can feed off each other and offer people all the therapies available in the same building," Lewis said. "That's been my dream, and together with Thiensville, who have made this possible, we feel very elated by the whole prospect."

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