BY VINCE REMBULAT
Plans for a 9,600 square foot medical office building got the green light Monday from the Ripon Planning Commission.
“This looks like it will be a great project,” said Commissioner Debra Van Essen of the Wilma Avenue Medical Facility at the virtual meeting held in the Council Chambers.
Jeff Burrow, who is the applicant for the project to be built about a half-block north of City Hall — specifically, 521 and 563 N. Wilma avenues — along with local physicians, Dr. James Daley and Dr. Daryl Dutters, met with planning commissioners online via Zoom.
All three are thrilled to be bringing this facility to Ripon.
They’re also hoping to house a Quest Diagnostics in one of the adjacent suites — they know of a patient who has to drive out of Ripon in order to have lab work done.
Daley and Dutters, who have been practicing locally for 15 and 30 years, respectively, are looking to move their offices into the new building that, if all goes accordingly, could be completed by next year.
The medical office building will be in an area zoned for Neighborhood Commercial, and on two adjacent parcels under the same ownership. Commissioners, in addition to the project, approved a lot line adjustment in order to create the .96 acre site, adding some 6,870 square feet to the site.
The building will be constructed facing Wilma Avenue, and will set back approximately 85 feet from the front property line with parking — 48 parking spaces with 40 being standard coupled with six for compact and two handicap stalls — and landscaping to be located up front along the street, according to Director of Planning Ken Zuidervaart.
He pointed out that the exterior of the buildiing offers two options that the applicant can consider for elevations, using three different color schemes.
Commissioners favored the modern look of the facility.
The vacant lot just north of Ripon City Hall will be the new home of the Wilma Avenue Medical Facility.