Former A&W Restaurant lot

This lot, west of Interstate 94 and south of Highway K where an A&W restaurant used to stand, most recently was the location of a concrete batch plant operated by Cornerstone Pavers, LLC. Cornerstone had until the end of 2018 to remove equipment on the property but failed. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation took legal action to force Cornerstone to have the equipment moved. 

MOUNT PLEASANT — Cornerstone Pavers is hoping Mount Pleasant officials will allow the company to set up a concrete batch plant in the village.

On Monday, the village plans to discuss Cornerstone’s application during the Committee of the Whole meeting at 5 p.m. and later that night at the Village Board meeting, which is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Village Hall, 8811 Campus Drive.

Recently the Wisconsin Department of Transportation took legal action against Cornerstone because the Caledonia-based company failed to move a concrete batch plant when it was located on a parcel of land on Highway K in Raymond, just west of Interstate 94, where the A&W Restaurant used to be located before it moved to a new location on the east side of the Interstate.

In the lawsuit against Cornerstone, WisDOT alleges that it gave the company several weeks notice to move the concrete batch plant before Dec. 31, 2018.

However, the equipment remained and according to a affidavit from WisDOT Project Manager Kenneth Kiepczynski, Michel’s Corp. the contractor on the I-94 project, needed the land before April 1 and if the Cornerstone’s equipment remained in place before the by the time work on the next stage of the I-94 project began, the timeline of that part of the project “will be jeopardized.”

In the past, Chris Cape, construction manager for Cornerstone, said Cornerstone had a contract with Michel’s to keep its equipment on the parcel of land throughout the I-94 project and he alleges Michel’s broke the contract.

Cornerstone is now pursuing legal action against Michels Corp. in Milwaukee County Circuit Court for lost damages.

The equipment was moved before the April 1 deadline and now Cornerstone is in the market for a new location.

The site where Cape wants to place the concrete batch plant in Mount Pleasant could not be confirmed on Wednesday. Cape declined to comment for this story.

Image trouble

Cornerstone does not have a good reputation with some residents in the village and Racine County.

As the main contractor on the Highway MM project, Cornerstone has been bombarded by delays which the company blames on AT&T infrastructure work, but county officials mostly point the finger at Cornerstone for being responsible for the delays.

Cornerstone was also recently rejected by the City of Racine to be prequalified to be a contractor on city projects.

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Ricardo Torres covers federal, state and Racine County politics along with the Village of Mount Pleasant. He bleeds Wisconsin sports teams.

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