Plan comes together for Grafton’s south side
204-unit senior housing complex to be built near 1st Avenue

By Melanie Boyung - News Graphic Staff

Dec. 11, 2014

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GRAFTON — Development is coming to Grafton as plans for Village Pointe Commons, a 204-unit senior housing development, are moving forward in the south commercial district.

The plans for Village Pointe Commons, a development of Tarantino & Company of Waukesha, were favorably reviewed by the architectural review board and the plan commission at recent meetings. The plan includes a three-story, 120-unit building of independent apartments, a three-story, 42-unit assisted living building and a one-story memory care building designed and providing specialized care for seniors with Alzheimer’s and other memory impairments. The three buildings will be connected by a common building, where dining, social activities, resident programming and health and wellness resources will be available. The plans also include the casettas, 16 units of ranch-style independent living apartments separate from the other buildings.

“The site will fill a need for senior housing options in the community,” said Jessica Wolff, village director of planning and development, The 14-acre site is located in Grafton’s south commercial district, just south of Pick ’n Save on Wisconsin Avenue. While Wolff’s report to the plan commission stated that the development is not expected to pose any undue burden on the utilities or infrastructure of the village, and it is not expected to have any negative impact on the community, certain preparations are being made. The report indicated that village staff has made plans as to how the village could move forward if the development requires additional support for water and utilities; Wolff also recommended reconstructing Oak Street, which currently dead-ends in the southeast area of the development site.

The site will also bring new residents and jobs to Grafton. The senior community will have 24-hour-a-day staffing, with between 15 and 30 people on hand depending on the time of day. There will also be on-call maintenance staffing.

Wolff’s report said Grafton police Chief Charles Wenten had spoken to Germantown police about a Tarantino & Company development there, and was told it was a well-run establishment that is easy to work with. Based on other Tarantino & Company developments, the development company also estimates about four emergency service calls from the development per week.

The addition of 204 living units will also increase area residents. The south commercial district, which has had some setbacks in business and development in the past several years, will potentially have a large influx of customers when Village Pointe Commons opens.

The site will “complement existing south commercial district development” and “the additional customers should have a positive impact on nearby businesses,” Wolff’s report said.

Located at 1953 Wisconsin Ave., the senior community will be on the site previously intended for the Highland Ridge development. The development plans are slated to appear in front of both the architectural review board and the plan commission a second time this month, and then go before the village board in January. Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring.

What still needs to be done

Grafton village officials are still refining several issues with the Village Pointe Commons development:

■ Fire safety, placing hydrants and designing entrances to allow better emergency access

■ Public utilities, identifying possible future needs and easements if utility and water treatment needs increase

■ Grading and landscaping, finalizing the site plans for pedestrian facilities, open space and layout to work with the surrounding areas

■ Possible plans for reconstructing Oak Street

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