Wisconsin Athletic Club opening in November

New road serving development almost ready

Sept. 17, 2013

Menomonee Falls — Crews are putting the finishing touches on a 90,000-square-foot health and wellness facility in the southwest corner of Pilgrim Road and the Highway 41/45 corridor in Menomonee Falls.

The Wisconsin Athletic Club is scheduled to host a grand opening by mid-November at the redevelopment site that was once home to a Stolper/Western Industries factory. WAC will occupy a one-story, 47,500-square-foot portion of the facility that will share a space with Froedtert Health. Froedtert will open in early January, Village Manager Mark Fitzgerald said during a presentation to the Village Board on Monday.

The Athletic Club includes an aquatic center, gym, training studio, three group exercise studios, a fitness area and locker rooms. It will also have two indoor pools, a whirlpool and an outdoor lap pool.

Revitalizing area

The opening of the facility is a step in the right direction for a once blighted area in the village that was targeted for redevelopment in 2008 when it was turned into a tax incremental finance district. The Stolper site is just one section of the 70-acre taxing district that is bordered by Roosevelt Drive, Highway 41/45 and Water Street.

Since ground was broken for the facility in February, all utility, storm sewer, and sanitary sewer work has been complete, Director of Engineering Tom Hoffman said.

This past weekend the final round of asphalt was placed on the roadway that will feed into the development. The road will be called Falls Parkway. Falls Parkway begins at Pilgrim Road and goes west from Pilgrim Road past the new facility and extends another several hundred yards before it terminates at a dead-end. It will be open in two weeks, Hoffman said.

Street changing name

Next year, the village will begin the second phase of the project where the roadway will ultimately extend to Water Street and the pedestrian bridge. Starting Jan. 1, Richfield Way will be renamed Falls Parkway. Roosevelt Drive will feed into the new Richfield Way and connect directly to Pilgrim Road. Once complete, the roadway is meant to filter commercial traffic.

"On January 1 the existing section of Richfield Way switches over and gets renamed as Falls Parkway as well," Fitzgerald said. "We communicated with all the commercial stores and units on the existing street. They are all ready for the changeover on January 1 and reasonably comfortable with the change."

Painting and striping still has to be completed on Falls Parkway, but for the most part it is nearing completion, Hoffman said. This week, decorative pavement will be poured at the intersection of Falls Parkway and Roosevelt Drive.

Landscape work along the road is the next part of the project. Hoffman said they are currently out to bid to select a contractor for this work.

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