The couple are working to bring new life to the parcel that had been overlooked and neglected over the years.
“Besides a new roof that will go on next week, we’ll be filling in the front basement area,” Kevin Zimmer said as West Bend Gravel has 50 loads of fill ready to deliver today.
“That is the last major improvement needed to this site that will lead to a much more functional building.”
The Zimmers are still filtering through ideas on the ultimate use of the space.
“A coffee shop of sorts seems to what Amy and I hear the most,” said Zimmer.”The one thing that is for certain is this property offers location, location, location which is the number one thing you need for any successful retail.” The site to the south of the roundabout has high visibility with Dublin’s and the Museum of Wisconsin Art to the north and the Eisenbahn trail to the east.
“We have set the building up for two possible tenants,” said Zimmer. “The east building, built around the 1950’s, is 4,000 square feet and the west building, added on some 30 years later, is about 2,000 square feet.
“It’s just exciting to be further involved with all the great things that are happening in our historic downtown West Bend.”
Records in the city assessor’s office show Robert and Mary Kuester and John and Grace Kuester sold the property to Harley and Alice Koehler on Dec. 9, 1970. Many folks in the community will remember that corner lot as a Goodyear station. At one time it was also home to a furniture and restoration shop, colorfully called ‘The Male Stripper.’