New Berlin business center gets a little busier

City Center will see four new diverse occupants

Nov. 11, 2013

New Berlin — Several new businesses will open in the New Berlin City Center.

The New Berlin Plan Commission took formal action last week to approve one of them, a 10,000-square-foot child care facility housed in the newest building in the City Center. Three others, adding to the commercial center's wide-ranging products and services, did not require Plan Commission action outside of an occupancy permit, which they have obtained.

Outside the City Center, planners also approved a health center to operate within a vacant bank building.

Child care chain

Children of America plans to build a child care center at 15225 W. National Ave., along the center's National Avenue side.

The chain opened its first facility in 1999 in a Virginia community south of Washington, D.C., and now has 62 locations in 13 states. Three are in Wisconsin — Menomonee Falls, Oak Creek and Appleton.

The New Berlin facility will offer day care for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old and after-school programs for ages 5 to 12. It will operate from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. five days a week, but it was granted permission to extend that to seven days a week as an option.

The facility would have audio and visual cameras in classrooms and throughout the building and parents will be able to view their children electronically during the day.

It also includes a 5,000-square-foot playground south of the building.

As a result of the development, seven parking spaces that are shared with other businesses around it will be lost. Although the facility will serve a maximum of 174 children, the loss of parking should not pose a problem because parents will quickly drop off or pick up their children, said Nikki Jones, planning services manager.

The Plan Commission approved the site, building and landscaping plans.

Other center occupants

Less conspicuously, three other businesses now have the city's OK to hang a shingle in the City Center, the business sector loosely defined by National Avenue, Moorland Road, Coffee Road and Howard Avenue.

Jalisco's Mexican Restaurant, 15175 W. National Ave., will open in the spot previously, though briefly, occupied by Bellafini's Italian restaurant.

In the same block area, Creative Art & Wine Studio, 15188 W. Library Lane, will operate a business which carries the tagline "paint with a sip on the side," pertaining to its plans to serve wine to those working in the art studio. The business expects to open in December.

And finally, Pure Family Chiropractic will open at office at 3504 S. Moorland Road.

Nearby new business

Down the road further east on National Avenue, a holistic wellness center will move into the former North Shore Bank building.

At 12800 W. National Ave., Avaneesh Nammi and the New Jersey-based Santhigram Holistic Wellness Center want to establish the first Santhigram Holistic Wellness Center in Wisconsin. Currently, it has seven locations nationwide.

The Plan Commission approved the site, building and landscaping plans for the center, which would make only minor changes to the former bank building and will restore its exterior.

Plan Commission member Marta Broge was pleased that a buyer was found for the building.

"It's nice to see something going into that building," she said. "It's gotten rundown."

The center would be based on Ayurveda medicine. Santhigram started in India 17 years ago. Seven years ago, it established centers in the United Kingdom before recently coming to the United States.

The center would have two to three therapists and one Ayurvedic physician. Approved hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

Nammi is working on getting a massage establishment license as well as the appropriate certifications for the therapists.

Editor Jim Riccioli also contributed to this article.


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