in

Van Horn eyes Town of Sheboygan for major development

Van Horn plans to develop 99 acres of land near Highway 42 and County Road J in the Town of Sheboygan.
Van Horn plans to develop 99 acres of land near Highway 42 and County Road J in the Town of Sheboygan.

TOWN OF SHEBOYGAN — A major development project in the Town of Sheboygan is in the works.

Van Horn Development is proposing to build a large complex on nearly 100 acres of land near Highway 42 and County Road J that could include a community center, retail space, town houses and single family apartments. Officials from the Town of Sheboygan and the Plymouth-based company are still working on designs for the proposed multi-purpose complex.

While eager to begin this project, Van Horn is waiting on necessary approvals but they’re hopeful for a groundbreaking in 2022. “This development will be something like Sheboygan County has never seen before,” said ​Chris Merklein, Director of Development for Van Horn. He added this will be a huge investment for Sheboygan County and will help with the constant need for housing.

According to Merklein, the Town of Sheboygan was decidedly the perfect location for this project. Town of Sheboygan Chairman Dan Hein did not respond to requests for comment on the development. The town and Van Horn Development recently signed a development agreement for the former Beuchel Farm property. In the agreement, there is language referring to annexation of the land.

In 2017, the town entered into an agreement with the property owner to develop the land.

The proposed development will be located just north of this sign and the Culver’s along North 40th Street.

In 2013, Van Horn purchased the Memorial Plaza Shopping Center on Sheboygan’s west side for $5.9 million. The shopping center is home to the Marcus Cinema, Big Lots, Harbor Freight and McDonald’s. In November 2019, Van Horn broke ground on the Kingsbury Village luxury apartments near North 10th Street and Wisconsin Avenue.

Van Horn was founded in 1966 by Joe Van Horn as a single Chevrolet dealership and was later purchased by his children. The company has grown to include 17 automotive dealerships, a finance company, a real estate business and several insurance companies.