Mequon may be in line for big surge in residential development

June 08, 2014 6:17 p.m. | Mequon leaders are expecting a surge of home construction on small lots west of Wauwatosa Road if they are able to extend sewer service to 360 undeveloped acres along Donges Bay Road.

Residential developments with houses clustered together to preserve open space around them could be coming to the west side of Mequon, an area of the city where large homes spread across the landscape on 5-acre minimum rural lots are common.

Even though the city does not expect to receive approval until later this month for adding the land to the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District's service area, Community Development Director Kim Tollefson said she had met with more than half a dozen developers and home builders in the last three weeks who wanted to know the possibilities.

And several property owners in the block of Donges Bay Road between Wauwatosa Road and Swan Road are willing to sell their parcels once sewer service is assured, Tollefson said. The opportunity to connect to sewers boosts property values.

One of the willing sellers is the Mequon-Thiensville School District, owner of the largest undeveloped parcel in the block at 111.7 acres.

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Germantown softball team rallies to beat Homestead, 10-7

June 03, 2014 11:02 p.m. | The finger is feeling fine said Germantown senior softball pitcher Kim Soderberg.

And that finger, broken about a month ago in a fielding accident, along with Soderberg's skill and her teammate's will, allowed the Warhawks to rally from a 6-0 first inning deficit and beat archrival Homestead, 10-7, in a WIAA sectional semifinal game Tuesday night in Germantown.

"Four weeks tommorrow, actually" said Soderberg, after pitching six-plus innings of two-run relief ball. "This was my first real game back. I was a little nervous coming in, but I hit my spots with my pitches. ...and we never got down. We just kept encouraging each other and helping each other get the job done."

Soderberg said the game was very similar to the two teams' first meeting in North Shore play earlier this season when Homestead jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the second before Germantown rallied for a 14-10 victory.

With the win, the Warhawks (16-8) hopes of a third straight WIAA state tournament berth stay intact. They will host Greater Metro Coinference runner-up Brookfield Central in the sectional final on Thursday at 7 p.m. for the right to advance to the WIAA State Toiurnament in Madison, June 12-14.

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