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A new building consisting of classrooms and lecture halls has been proposed for construction on Concordia University of Wisconsin's Mequon campus.

The building features glass architecture facing Lake Michigan. It's designed to be approximately 52 feet high and connected to the Luther building.

The city's plan commission unanimously approved the project at its Oct. 10 meeting.

According to Assistant Director of Community Development Jac Zader, it's planned for the building to house the school of business, as well as some health professions. He said these uses are already on campus but they are being consolidated into this one building.

Zader called it "a well-done building."

According to current plans, 65 parking stalls will be added to the campus as well, and additional parking room is available if needed down the line.

While they may have room for more parking, Concordia is running out of allowed development space due to a floor to area ratio (FAR) set up on their property. A FAR limits how much development can take place on a portion of land. For example, a FAR of 1 means a developer can build a one-story building on their lot or a two-story on half the lot.

Zader said Concordia's max is 30 and with this development, the university reaches 27.9.

Alderman Robert Strzelczyk thanked Concordia for coming up with a "nice plan," saying the university is "enhancing the professional services in the city."

"Overall, it's a gorgeous building," he said.

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