More detailed plans for Waukesha County Museum apartments revealed

By Katherine Michalets - Freeman Staff

July 29, 2015

Historic Prairieville Limited Partners drafted updated plans for a proposed apartment complex that would incorporate the Waukesha County Museum property at 101 W. Main St. The renderings will be discussed at the Aug. 5 meeting of the city’s Landmarks Commission.   
Submitted rendering

WAUKESHA — In preparation for appearing before the Landmarks Commission next Wednesday, the developers behind a proposed apartment project for the Waukesha County Museum have drafted more detailed renderings that have also taken into consideration feedback received about the plan.

Waukesha County Museum Director of Operations Dennis Cerreta said he’s pleased with the depictions of how the historical elements of the museum and adjoining former jail would be blended with new construction.

“The entire project team with the city has worked very hard together to polish this design and we have come up with something that I think is excellent,” he said.

Some of the changes to the renderings include a flat roof line on the newer building in order to not distract from the peaked roof line of the historical buildings, said City Planner Maria Pandazi.

The renderings also make it clear the new apartment building would be made from a light brick. In addition, the dividing tower between the museum building and the apartment building has been squared off compared to its previous rounded exterior.

Historic Prairieville Limited Partners plans to purchase the museum’s property at 101 W. Main St., raze one building on the site and build a 41-unit luxury apartment complex in its place. If approved, the development will feature two floors of underground parking for residents and museum employees. Included in the project are studio, one- and two-bedroom units, a board room and a banquet room with an adjoining kitchen.

As part of the deal, the museum would be able to lease a smaller space where it would consolidate its operations for 25-year periods at $1 per year.

Cerreta said the process continues to move along and he feels the developers have come up with a nice architectural solution.

The Landmarks Commission will meet at 6 p.m. Aug. 5 in Room 207 of Waukesha City Hall, 201 Delafield St.