Apartment project at Hartland Florist site approved
Opposition cited home as historically significant, chimney as bird habitat

By Josh Perttunen - Freeman Staff

Oct. 30, 2013

HARTLAND - The proposal to build a 36-unit, three-building apartment complex on the former Hartland Florist property - located on West Capitol Drive - gained the Village Board’s approval Monday night, though there are two groups who remain opposed to the project.

Brookfield-based Premier Real Estate Management received the go-ahead after revising plans so Premier would no longer need to grade the neighboring properties’ watercourse. Completion of the project is scheduled for next year, said Village Administrator David Cox.

Opposition came from those who argued against razing what they felt was a historically significant home and from those who did not want a group of Chimney Swift birds to be displaced from their roost when the building was torn down. The Hartland Historical Society circulated a petition to oppose the development, but the structure was not on a list of federally recognized historic locations.

A student group from the Hartland School of Community Learning plans to work with village officials and other entities to build a chimney elsewhere, or relocate the existing chimney, for the birds’ sake.

Cox said he and the board appreciated the public input, and that the decision made on Monday was a step forward for the village.

Studies done by the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission have noted Hartland’s need for more housing that lies between low-income and high-income options.

“(This project) wasn’t something that we sought out for that reason, but it fills that need,” Cox said. 

The property, located at 621-631 W. Capitol Drive, was zoned from an owner-occupancy to a multifamily rental designation to fit its future use.

Email: jperttunen@conleynet.com