Developer tweaks plans for luxury apartments
Fox Head residences part of Maple Avenue redevelopment area

By Sarah Pryor - Freeman Staff

Nov. 6, 2014

Developer T. Wall Enterprises is proposing a 245-unit luxury apartment development on Maple Avenue near the railroad tracks. The Plan Commission will discuss the plan Wednesday.
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WAUKESHA - The 200 block of Maple Avenue could get a facelift - and 245 new luxury apartments - if the Plan Commission approves a developer’s plan for a site bordered by two different railroad tracks.

Developer T. Wall Enterprises scaled down the original two-building, five-story development after the Redevelopment Authority and city officials cited some concerns over the buildings’ proximity to the tracks, higher density and monolithic architecture, said Community Development Specialist Jeff Fortin.

The new proposal consists of a triangular building with four stories along Maple Avenue, five stories along each railroad track and a courtyard and walkways in the center, Fortin said. The proposal also dipped from 264 units to 245.

The part of the building that fronts on Maple Avenue is proposed to have amenities such as a fitness center, lounge and lending library, and might even offer a community amenity like a convenience store in the future.

Fox Head’s developers are targeting young professionals, Carroll University graduate students and others who want to be near downtown, Fortin said, adding that he hasn’t been given specifics on proposed rents.

Each unit is proposed to be “condo-style” with stainless steel appliances,  its own washer and dryer and its own balcony, comparable to the nearby Kendal Lofts, Fortin said.

Fortin also said city staff thinks the building will improve that portion of Maple Avenue, which is slated for redevelopment, and will act as a buffer between nearby Carroll and the neighborhood to the west.

“The city’s redevelopment plan has always envisioned that as being something multifamily,” Fortin said of the site, which is currently listed as industrial on the city’s land use plan.  “Having industrial in the middle of that neighborhood just isn’t a good fit anymore.”

Wednesday evening, the Plan Commission will discuss amending the city’s land use plan, rezoning the site and preliminary plans for the development.

The Plan Commission meets at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers, City Hall, 201 Delafield St.