5-story apartment building proposed for vacant lot
Plan Commission to discuss Mad Rooster, condo projects next week


July 23, 2016

Seen from Riverfront Plaza, a 56-unit apartment project has been proposed for the vacant lot between the Main Street Plaza and the empty former Panos building on Main Street in downtown Waukesha.
Submitted rendering

WAUKESHA — Apartment project proposals keep coming for downtown Waukesha, with the latest suggested for the vacant lot between the Main Street Plaza and the empty former Panos building.

The 64-unit, five-story building has been proposed by Brookfield-based Sterling Investment Real Estate and will be discussed at the Aug. 24 Plan Commission meeting.

Called Clearpoint, the project would include 56 one-bedroom, one-bath units and eight two-bedroom, two-bath units and would be five stories in height, according to plans filed with the city.

The plans consist of residential units on top of a concrete podium with two levels of indoor parking on Main Street near the Barstow Street intersection. The parking is in the lower level and the first floor level, with residences on the second through fifth floors. According to the documents, the project would only include the one building with one phase of development. The total area of the building is approximately 110,000 square feet with 98 covered parking spaces in the building and four surface spaces for a total of 102 spaces.

The vacant lot at one time was the site of a Walgreens store, but has been empty for many years.

During this coming Wednesday’s Plan Commission meeting, an expansion at La Casa de Esperanza on Arcadian and North Hartwell avenues, as well as final site plan and architectural review for Mad Rooster, planned for the former Hardee’s site at NW Barstow and Bank Street, will be discussed.

Plans for a three-tenant building to be constructed in the parking lot of the former Kmart building at East Avenue and Sunset Drive are also on the agenda. The Kmart has been renovated into an Xperience Fitness and Dollar Tree. A separate building has been proposed for the parking lot. The tenants have yet to be announced for the building, which may include a sandwich restaurant and a coffee shop.

The Plan Commission will also take up a proposal for Villas at Timber Ridge condominiums proposed for Timber Ridge Drive. The project was approved in 2013, but never completed, according to city documents. A new developer has taken over the project and has made changes to the plans to make it more marketable, according to the documents.

The changes include 40 units instead of the 52 originally approved that would also be constructed in a one-story duplex design. City staff is recommending approval of the revised plans but suggests the masonry base be extended along the side elevations adjacent to Timber Ridge Drive.

The Plan Commission will meet 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the City Hall Council Chambers, 201 Delafield St.

Also next week, the Ordinance & License Committee will again discuss the sex offender residency restrictions and possible amendments to them. The committee will meet in the Council Chambers at 6 p.m. Monday.

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