Bellin construction could begin in August

Richard Ryman
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An architect's rendering of Bellin Health's new sports medicine clinic.

ASHWAUBENON - Construction of Bellin Health's sports medicine clinic in the Titletown District could begin this summer.

Ashwaubenon's Site Plan Review Committee on Monday approved plans for the two-story sports medicine and orthopedics clinic to be built west of Lodge Kohler and north of Blue Ridge Drive

Paul Vlies, Bellin team leader for engineering design, said a tentative start date could be mid-August.

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The building will be 42 feet high at its tallest and include more than 20 exam rooms, two MRIs, x-ray and occupational therapy rooms and other offices. It will have a mostly masonry exterior.

Village President Mike Aubinger, also a committee member, asked whether design elements would shield houses along Blue Ridge Drive immediately west of the building. Vlies said trees would be planted at that end of the site.

Titletown District is the Green Bay Packers' 35-acre development immediately west of Lambeau Field. Its three anchors are Lodge Kohler, a four-star hotel and spa; Hinterland Brewery, and the Bellin clinic.

Construction of Hinterland Brewery began Monday, said owner Bill Tressler. A groundbreaking ceremony is expected soon.

The district is bordered by Lombardi Avenue, South Ridge Road, Marlee Lane and Brookwood Drive. In the middle of the district will be 10 acres of public space that includes a football field-sized green space, a large skating pond and more. It also will have 180,000 square feet of additional commercial space on the north side of the district, along Lombardi Avenue and Marlee Lane, and as many as 70 townhouses along Brookwood Lane.

The anchor businesses are expected to open by the beginning of the 2017 NFL season.

Bayland Insurance Group acquired The Wellington steakhouse and will convert it to office use.

Bayland plan on hold

Bayland Insurance Group, the new owner of former The Wellington steakhouse, had less luck Monday. The Ashwaubenon-based insurance brokerage plans to convert the building to offices and wants to add a nearly 5,000-square-foot auxiliary structure for storage of a bus and other vehicles and equipment. Committee members raised questions about the size of the building, its height, exterior materials and its classification.

The new structure would be west of the existing building and connected by a breezeway.

The Wellington building is one of the classiest in the village and the accessories building should conform, committee members said. Plans as presented called for brick exterior on two sides of the building. It would be taller than the Wellington building and about 70 percent as big.

"I think the whole building should be brick," said committee member Dan Pamperin.

Aubinger questioned whether a building that big fits the definition of an accessories building.

"It might be, but I want to be sure," he said.

The request was tabled until the June 6 Site Plan Review meeting.

The Wellington closed April 28.

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