WAUKESHA - A
56-unit mixed-income apartment complex next to the railroad
tracks in Waukesha has been shot down before it ever even got
off the ground.
Citing safety concerns, the Plan Commission
unanimously denied a rezoning and preliminary plans for Gorman &
Company’s proposed Main Depot apartments, planned for Main
Street and Hartwell Avenue, adjacent to the Canadian National
conducive to have children near that railroad tracks,”
Commissioner Jim Hoppe said of the development, which was
planned to be financed partly with the help of affordable
housing tax credits. About 47 of the units were planned to
feature below-market rents, and 14 of them were planned to be
marketed toward veterans.
president of Gorman & Company’s Wisconsin Market, asked the city
to alter its Central City Master Plan, which called for smaller
cottage-sized lots. City staff recommended approval of the
project as a whole, as well as amending the Central City Master
Plan, citing a need for redevelopment on the site.
Rick Congdon said he wanted to make very clear that the
low-income aspect of the apartments had no bearing on the
commission’s desire to deny the project.
Scrima pointed out that the city had spent about $100,000 on the
master plan, which was just approved in 2012.
is clearly too large for the characteristic of the existing
neighborhood and the feel we were trying to create through the
Central City Master Plan,” Scrima said, adding that the
commission has approved low income tax credit-funded projects in
the past. “It seems to be being shoehorned in ... There’s no
harm in leaving it empty.”
Matkom said it’s a difficult site that would likely not be
developed for a while.
is to take challenging sites and make communities in them,” said
Matkom, who suggested that children living in the units could
play in a greenspace behind the building.
Scrima said if
the project were completely re-drawn, the commission might