YORKVILLE — A California developer has selected land just across Interstate 94 from the Foxconn development to become a new “town square” type of project, comparable to Drexel Town Square in Oak Creek.
With plans for four acres of public green space, a big-box retailer, four restaurants, three retail stores and a hotel, Lansing Companies has big plans for an area in the Village of Yorkville that currently is occupied by farmland and the Home Run Heaven baseball fields, directly west of Interstate 94 and south of Durand Avenue (Highway 11).
The prospective name for the development is “Durand Corners.”
The developer is Lansing Companies, based in San Diego, but Lansing worked with Milwaukee-based Continuum Architects + Planners to draw up the plans.
“They reached out to us,” said Corey Lapworth, who works for Continuum. “They (Lansing Companies) are very interested in that area, particularly in regard to Foxconn.”
Gregory Lansing, the CEO of Lansing Companies, said that his company has been interested in the area for several years, even preceding Foxconn.
“We’ve been looking at the I-94 corridor,” he said.
Lansing said that his company already has two other properties in Mount Pleasant, a third in Kenosha and is working on acquiring a fourth in Pleasant Prairie.
In Mount Pleasant, Lansing said that he hopes to have a 1-million-square-foot industrial complex constructed on 57 acres on Kraut Road. Lansing expects the second Mount Pleasant property, located behind the planned Advocate Aurora Health medical center on Spring Street, to become a mixed-residential neighborhood.
Lansing said that there have already been discussions with hotels, gas stations and chain restaurants to fill the spots laid out in the Yorkville plan.
He’s hopeful a big-box retailer will take interest too — naming Home Depot and Walmart as possibilities — but Lansing said that wouldn’t be necessary to get the development off the ground.
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