Public hearing on possible redevelopment 
of former bowling alley site

By Matt Masterson - Freeman Staff

Aug. 22, 2015

HSA Commercial proposes building a 214,000-square-foot industrial building at the former AMF bowling center site, 901 Northview Road. The city is considering offering the developer incentives to spur the redevelopment of the vacant site.
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WAUKESHA - A tax incremental district could help to fund the redevelopment of a vacant bowling alley into an industrial building on Northview Road in Waukesha.

At its meeting next Wednesday, the city’s Plan Commission will hold a public hearing and discuss TID No. 25 before voting on a resolution to either approve or deny the proposal.

HSA Commercial is proposing to level the former site of AMF Waukesha Lanes, which shut down last year, and replace it with a 214,000-square-foot industrial building at 901 Northview Road that could house one or more users, according to city documents.

“The redevelopment of this property to an industrial use is appropriate given its close proximity to the airport and the interstate,” the proposal states. “The existing infrastructure in the area will accommodate the industrial uses.”

According to the documents, the city would spend just over $3.3 million to finance the plan.

Developer incentives would be structured as a $1,150,000 grant paid during construction of the facility and as a “pay as you go” grant, according to the plan, meaning that as increment is realized in the district, reimbursement will be made to the developer up to $1,650,000.

No cash grants will be provided without a signed development agreement and the city of Waukesha anticipates issuing bonds to raise the $1,150,000 for the up front grant portion of the incentive.

The Plan Commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday evening in the Council Chambers at Waukesha City Hall, 201 Delafield St.