Fox Head developer hopes proposal gets better with age
Plan for former brewery site now includes senior housing

By Sarah Pryor- Freeman Staff

March 3, 2015

WAUKESHA — At its last meeting the Common Council spiked a plan to build a 202-unit luxury apartment building on the former Fox Head Brewery site, but tonight the council will reconsider its decision since the developer is proposing changing more than 60 of those units to senior housing.

According to a letter from developer Terrence Wall’s attorney, the new proposal includes dedicating the units in the east wing building of the site to only residents age 55 and older. No assisted living care or health-related services will be provided, but a catered meal program will be offered if requested by residents, according to the letter.

Last month, the council voted 8-7 against rezoning the former brewery site at at 211 and 223 Maple Avenue.

Alderwoman Kathleen Cummings asked to bring the project back up for reconsideration.

Both the Plan Commission and Redevelopment Authority previously approved the plan by Wall, of T. Wall Enterprises, who scaled back the triangular development from a maximum of five stories to four. The site is bordered on two sides by railroad tracks.

Neighbors have expressed concerns about prospective traffic problems and questioned whether the development was appropriate for that neighborhood, but Community Development Director Jennifer Andrews has said a single-family development wouldn’t work there because of soil contamination, there’s not a good truck route for a manufacturing facility and it doesn’t offer enough visibility to be a commercial business district. The Common Council will meet tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers, City Hall, 201 Delafield St.