A new five-story apartment
building may be rising from this property on Maple
Charles Auer/Freeman Staff
WAUKESHA - A pair of five-story apartments buildings
proposed to Waukesha’s Redevelopment Authority in
September will come before the board again after
undergoing a handful of design tweaks.
Middleton-based T. Wall Enterprises, LLC brought the project for
the new mixed-use building at 211-227 Maple Avenue to the board
for review at its Sept. 15 meeting, but some authority members
felt the buildings’ height and proximity to nearby railroad
tracks could present an issue.
“The staff was
concerned about the height, not so much towards the back of the
property, but the height right up on Maple Avenue,” said
Waukesha Community Development Specialist Jeff Fortin. “We
thought maybe one story shorter would provider a better
transition to the neighborhoods on the west.”
was put on hold by the Redevelopment Authority and will likely
be discussed again during its Oct. 20 meeting.
One of the buildings that could
be demolished to make way for the apartments is the
former Fox Head Brewery.
Charles Auer/Freeman Staff
said some staff members were also concerned about the
amount of reverberation which could be created by
passing trains between one of the buildings and the
nearby Carroll University dorms. To remedy this, Fortin
believes the developer will move some indoor parking
places out between the building and the railroad tracks
and use the additional indoor space as a public
the plan submitted to the city by T. Wall, the buildings will
feature 264 units with 106 studio apartments, 104 one-bedroom
and 60 two-bedroom apartments. The targeted market for the rooms
includes “high income renters” as well as Carroll employees and
young professionals looking for space downtown.
estimates that the project would bring the city $30 to $40
million in tax increment.
In a summary
written to the Redevelopment Authority, T. Wall President
Terrence Wall said the project will play a role in “revitalizing
a neighborhood and bringing more people to downtown,” satisfying
what he calls a huge need, while also fulfilling the city’s
desire to boost downtown density.
A rendering of the apartment
buildings proposed for Maple Avenue.
said the authority is behind the project, but added it
is in a tough location and may require some
“environmental remediations” and the tearing down of
some buildings on the property, including a vacant
building which used to house the Fox Head Brewery.
“We think this
is a nice complementary project that is going to continue the
redevelopment of that area into something more of a mixed-use
development,” he said. “We think too it is going to help
downtown businesses. When you get young professionals with
disposable income and they are within a walking distance of
downtown, our hope is that they are going to spend those dollars
by the Redevelopment Authority, Fortin said the project will
likely be on the Plan Commission’s agenda before the end of the