Kwik Trip to Neighbor Kaukauna Veterans Memorial - WBAY

Kwik Trip to Neighbor Kaukauna Veterans Memorial


Kwik Trip plans to build a store on Highway 55 though the City of Kaukauna and city leaders voted to allow the company to move forward with those plans.

At least one advocate for area veterans says the city's memorial right next door needs more space.

"What the veterans are opposed to is the footprint presented that would be tight to the veterans park with no buffer," said Gary Wolf, of the Kaukauna Veterans Memorial Park Association.

But members of Kaukauna's planning department say compromises have been made to provide more than a dozen parking spaces for events at the memorial, along with green space for guests and special arrangements will be made for Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

City leaders say the development going forward gives the memorial the space that some people were asking for and allows the city to develop the lot that has remained vacant for almost two decades.

"We're trying to accommodate everybody's wishes and address their concerns.," said Kaukauna Mayor Gene Rosin.

City leaders now expect development near downtown Kaukauna to advance quickly with a proposed senior center and hotel in the works for areas of the vacant lot.

"oh I think it is going to spruce that up. Now you've got old black top, you've got hunks of concrete, blocks of black top laying out there it was hard for veterans to navigate through that property," said Mayor Rosin. "it was a challenge for them, not they'll have all concrete to work on and it's going to be nice."

Kaukauna's mayor says Kwik Trip will begin building right away.


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