Mequon Mayor Curt Gielow was the guest speaker at the May Public Affairs Committee meeting. Prior to being elected Mayor of Mequon in 2012, Gielow served two terms as Alderman of his district and served as Common Council President in 2001-02. In 2002, Alderman Gielow ran successfully for the Wisconsin State Legislature to represent Mequon and the surrounding communities of Thiensville, Brown Deer, Bayside and part of Milwaukee in District 23. He served in the State Legislature for two terms (4 years), choosing not to seek reelection in 2006. Gielow is also the current Dean for the School of Pharmacy at Concordia College.
As Alderman and now as Mayor, Gielow has taken the philosophy of “If you don’t grow, you die” to move the community and economic development forward. Mequon currently has a tax base breakdown of 87% residential and 13% commercial/industrial. His goal is to rebalance this to a healthy 75%/25% split. Other significant initiatives include:
- Two new Tax Incremental Finance (TIF) zones along Port Washington Road
- Promotion of “Family First” housing which is housing valued at $300k or less as well as more diversity in housing types
- A Town Center TIF in a targeted area near Mequon’s City Hall
- Changes to Mequon’s sign ordinance
- New Development Newsletter
- Targeted invitations and communications with developers and stakeholders for economic development
Recent success in the City is evident. New projects include the recent opening of Metro Market, a Starbuck’s drive-thru in a building that was completed rehabilitated, a new retail center developed by Concord Development and a new mixed-use building anchored by PNC Bank all north of Mequon Road. West on Mequon Road is the newly completed Somers Subaru, the largest Subaru dealer in the Midwest as well as a mixed-use building in the Town Center Area. South of Mequon Road on Port Washington Road is an expanded Sendik’s grocery store, Sears appliance store, and new build-to-suit buildings for Lakeshore Eye Clinic and Les Moise specialty store.
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