Chartwell to Expand in Middleton, Expected to Add 100 Jobs

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Cameron Bren
Chartwell Wisconsin has outgrown its space and plans to expand its Middleton operations to the old Globe University on Deming Way. The company will remodel the new building adding 17,000 square feet of space.

MIDDLETON–Middleton based pharmacy and home health service provider Chartwell introduced a concept plan at the city’s plan commission that would renovate and expand the vacant Globe University building on Deming Way and create 100 new jobs. The plan commission approved the concept plan which includes a request for TIF assistance for $830,000.

President of Chartwell Wisconsin Don Powell gave a presentation to the plan commission on the proposed move and expansion. 

He explained that Chartwell is a licensed pharmacy that provides home-care management services. Chartwell compounds medications and delivers them to patients at home instead of like traditional pharmacy.

At its current location at 2241 Pinehurst Dr. there are two cleanrooms for compounding medications including chemotherapy drugs. Chartwell also provides education and training for patients at home.

“We have a need for additional space, we are absolutely out of space at out 2241 Pinehurst Dr. space and our cleanrooms are 25 years old,” Powell said. 

By the end of 2019 Chartwell will add a health agency to its operations which will provide skilled nursing services, respiratory therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy and home health aide. It will also provide home medical equipment and certain items specific to oncology patients in need of mastectomy, Powell said.

The new location would have more cleanrooms, offices, a warehouse, patient retail center and a six-bay infusion center.

“Patients who may have difficulty receiving their care at home do not necessarily need to go into the ER or to a hospital or other kind of controlled environment they can come into our infusion center and receive infusions,” Powell said.

Chartwell is also looking into implementing tele-heath and tele-visits, Powell added.

Plan commission member Kurt Paulsen asked how many employees the company currently has. Powell said they currently have 85 but will have 185 with the additional services.

Developer of the project Jeff Kraemer of Kraemer Development said the former Globe University building at 1345 Deming Way easily allows for expansion. The 31,000 square foot building would be expanded by about 17,000 square feet, he said.

The project would be split into two phases, the first which renovates the existing building and the second phase for the addition.

Concept approval for the project and passed unanimously.

Director of community development Abby Attoun reviewed the request for $830,000 in developer financed TIF assistance. 

Attoun said $446,000 would be for an economic development incentive to maintain at least 160 FTE jobs on site. She said that would include a clawback provision to ensure Chartwell maintains the number of jobs.

There will be quite a bit of demolition involved in the project because most of the existing floor layout would not be compatible with the new use and $250,000 of the TIF request is for assistance with demolition.

The remaining assistance of $134,000 would be used for a solar array, Attoun said. She said that is in line with what city has done in the past which is providing an incentive for 70 percent of the project that is not covered by a tax credit. The solar panels would generate between 75 to 110 kilowatts.

Attoun said 85 percent of the increment generated would be returned to the project while 15 percent would go towards other projects in the TIF district.

Plan commission member David Reed asked why there was no TIF request for poor soils or storm water management which is common. He asked if the developer would request additional TIF assistance for those things later on. Kraemer said that there was no plan to request more TIF.

The conceptual TIF agreement passed unanimously.

Mayor Gurdip Brar said it was important to keep a local growing business in the community. 

“Chartwell has been here since ’94,” Brar said. “We’d like them to stay here, we want to keep them happy.”

Chartwell Wisconsin services all of Wisconsin, Northern Illinois, Northeast Iowa and portions of Minnesota.

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