A new trend in Verona appears to be turning ice cream into money.
A week after the city reviewed a plan to put a Summit Credit Union where Michael’s Frozen Custard had once stood, it received a proposal to replace the defunct Dairy Queen on the other side of the city with a UW Credit Union.
The site already has a drive-thru path and the building is barely five years old, but the proposal would tear out everything on the site and produce a completely new 5,000-square-foot building with a new 29-stall parking area and a different traffic flow.
The awkward stormwater pond that is surrounded by the drive-thru lanes would be gone, replaced by an underground stormwater detention below the parking area west of the new building. The building itself would be parallel to the road like the two multi-user buildings along that Hometown Circle strip, rather than the true east-west orientation used in the rest of the Downtown Design Overlay District and enforced in the current DQ building and the Arby’s and Taco Bell next to it.
The design rendering included in the submission shows a four-sided prairie-style exterior heavy on tall glass and two colors of stone.
A letter with the submission states the developer wants to break ground in the fall and be open by next summer. City planning director Adam Sayre told the Press that UW Credit Union purchased the land in May.
Monday’s review is initial and will not come with a vote. The commission would vote on a site plan as early as August, and the Common Council would need to approve a permit for the drive-thru.