May 1, 2020 – West Bend, WI – Progress is swift as construction of the new 68-room Marriott TownePlace extended stay hotel is well underway at the former Gehl Company manufacturing facility in downtown West Bend.
The sale of 3.3 acres in Downtown West Bend has been sold from the City of West Bend to construct and manage and 16,000-square-foot multi-tenant commercial office building in the heart of downtown.
Paul Stangl of RafRad LLC led the purchase on behalf of the Downtown West Bend Hotel Associates (DWBHA).
DWBHA has partnered on the development with Iowa-based Kinseth Hospitality Companies and American Companies.
A portion of the site is formerly home to Gehl Company’s manufacturing facility.
DWBHA has partnered on the development with Iowa-based Kinseth Hospitality Companies and American Companies to construct and manage a new 68-room Marriott TownePlace extended stay hotel and 16,000-square-foot multi-tenant commercial office building.
The same group was also part of the development team for the Hampton Inn and Suites on 18th Avenue in West Bend, managed by Kinseth since opening in 2008. Construction began this spring.
The City of West Bend acquired the property from Gehl Company (now Manitou Americas) in 2008 when it relocated its headquarters to a larger site two blocks east. Recognizing the potential for the site located in the heart of downtown West Bend, the City took on the responsibility of the remediation and demolition of the multiple buildings that were obsolete for future manufacturing.
“This is an extraordinary location for a hotel,” said City Administrator Jay Shambeau. “Visitors will have the unique opportunity to explore and enjoy downtown West Bend. They can frequent our thriving restaurants and shops, the Riverwalk, Eisenbahn State Trail, farmer’s market, Museum of Wisconsin Art, and newly–renovated Historic West Bend Theatre, all within walking distance.”
West Bend is a founding member of the Washington County Site Redevelopment Program (SRP). The SRP was awarded two U.S.Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfield grants and contributed $18,000 for a Hotel Market Demand Study by Patek Hospitality Consultants, Inc. which determined current and future demand for hotel accommodations in the market area. The study proved the viability for the hotel and was instrumental in securing the interest of Marriott and the development team.
The site was considered by other developers in the past, primarily for apartment buildings and commercial office space.“We knew this site had high potential for redevelopment and are pleased to present the first hotel located in downtown West Bend,” said Kraig Sadownikow, President of American Construction Services and American Architectural Group. “This is the type of project will enhance the community and attract new visitors and businesses.”
Approximately 7,000-square-feet of Class A office space is available for lease within the new office building. For details, please contact Adam Williquette of American Commercial Real Estate at (262) 424-3217.