CEDARBURG — Interest and
excitement is building among city officials after a new,
medium-density subdivision was proposed by Cornerstone
Development for land near highways 60 and I.
“It’s a critical development to get anything toward Highway 60,”
said Cedarburg Mayor Kip Kinzel.
Cornerstone Development owner John Wahlen presented the
development, called The Glen at Cedar Creek, to plan
commissioners Monday. His proposal showed 73 single-family,
ranch-style units that will be built on the former Seven Gables
subdivision site that lies east of Sheboygan Road just south of
Wahlen hopes to begin grading later this fall, but said it “is
quite dependent on the lift station,” which is a facility
designed to move wastewater from lower to higher elevations
The new, country-style homes will offer condominium-style
amenities such as an activity-centered atmosphere and no yard
maintenance for homeowners, along with the convenience of
single-story living, according to the developer.
“We’re trying to create a sense of community in the
neighborhood,” Wahlen said, adding the Cedarburg project is a
new, hybrid-type of development for this area.
The homes can be built using a wide variety of exterior
elevations and floor plans that can be mixed and matched to an
owner’s style and wishes.
“We are excited about (the project) and think it’s a step in the
right direction,” said City Planner Jon Censky.
The next steps for the Cornerstone Development project will
encompass reclassifying and amending the city’s Smart Growth
Land Use Plan-2025 to allow for a medium-density development.
The area was originally designated as a low-density residential
area. A rezoning of the land and a
public hearing in front of the Plan
Commission will follow after formal plans are submitted, Censky
The neighborhood will be governed by a
homeowners association with HOA rules and regulations, the
The company plans to first build the
clubhouse for year-round gathering and exercise. The second
phase consists of building homes as lots are purchased, which
will probably start to the north of the property, said Aaron
Koch, an engineer with Pinnacle Engineering Group in Brookfield.
The subdivision plan showed construction of
an amphitheater – an open-air, neighborhood park and
entertainment center – a pool and a proposed walking path to
spur activities for daily socializing and holiday celebrations
within the neighborhood.
If approved, Cornerstone said it would
install a walking path or trail for residents use. Owners can
also request walk-out basements for some of the units, according
Homes can range in size from approximately
1,500 square feet to 2,400 square feet and will be priced
starting in the low- to middle$300,000 range. The subdivision
will be accessible by a private road, Wahlen said.
Council member Patricia Thome said she is
delighted by the proposal and wants to see the city move north
into that area, which sits adjacent to the village of Grafton
and the town of Cedarburg.
The area was originally slated to house the
54-lot Seven Gables subdivision planned in 2005 as part of a tax
incremental financing district, in addition to a business park
and senior housing. In a TIF district, property taxes are
collected to pay for infrastructure costs to develop the land
instead of the affected taxing jurisdictions.
As a result of the TIF’s creation, the city
borrowed $1.87 million in 2007 to fund construction of the
developments’ infrastructure. However, the land remained vacant
due in part to the economic downturn in 2008, as well as the
high cost to run utilities under the creek, according to Censky.
The Cedarburg Common Council closed TIF
district No. 2 March 9.
The new subdivision, similar to the old one,
will have to tie into the city’s sewer main, which is located on
the east side of Cedar Creek. The sewer line will have to be
extended to the west side either above or below the creek. That
extension will not only serve the subdivision; but also, the
lift station could renew interest in future commercial or
residential developments in that area.
“The lift station is a huge item for me,”
Kinzel said about the prospective plans.
Ultimately, the sanitary sewer system will
extend to the north line allowing for further connections,
according to the initial plans.
The developer said he is willing to work
with the city, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and
the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission
regarding a limited encroachment of his development along the
Cedar Creek Forest and nearby wetlands, or the Primary
Environmental Corridor as determined by SEWRPC.
The company will additionally collaborate
with the three entities as it constructs the lift station on an
outlot and adds a walking path, Koch said.
The Gables property was once owned by town
resident Dick Charmoli, who in September 2006, agreed to sell
the town property to MLG Development, based in Brookfield. MLG
Development then petitioned the city for annexation. As the city
prepared for the large-scale development in its northern
corridor, it annexed 252 acres, including The Seven Gables
property, that prompted a lawsuit with the town. The town of
Cedarburg argued the city’s annexation of town land was
arbitrary and not in the public interest.
Cornerstone is based in Pewaukee and
specializes in condominium developments in communities such as
Brookfield, Sussex, Oconomowoc and Menomonee Falls.
For more information
regarding lot and unit sales, contact Wahlen at 262691-2396.