Following a public hearing, the city’s Plan Commission Monday
unanimously approved a conditional use permit for the Aster
Retirement Community of Cedarburg, allowing the development to
The commission, however, also voted to table a decision on the
development’s landscaping plans for further review amid
Construction of the $14.8 million project is set to begin this
October, with a proposed occupancy date of October 2016.
Developer Robert Niebauer will also pay impact fees totaling
$393,596 prior to the issuance of the building permit, according
to the CUP.
The 110-unit assisted living and memory care complex will be
located on a 6-acre parcel at W76 N627 Wauwatosa Road, behind
Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church adjacent to the
county-owned Lasata Senior Living Campus.
Niebauer said his company, Iconica, is also developing similar
facilities in Mequon and Grafton.
Niebauer’s plan to purchase the parcel hinged on the commission
granting the CUP, said City Planner Jon Censky, adding that the
developer was still in the process of closing on the land deal
as of Wednesday.
Several neighbors who live on Williams Drive next to the site
addressed Niebauer and the Plan Commission about a lack of trees
within the plan, specifically evergreen trees.
“What we want to talk about is the landscaping plan, especially
for the west (boundary),” said Cedarburg resident Patricia
Moreland, whose property shares the westside treeline.
Moreland said she wanted a dense, year-long screen using more
evergreens to hide the development in winter, which could equate
to roughly 20 to 30 more trees added to the plans.
In response, Censky suggested the city should work with Niebauer
and the neighbors to refine the plans. Any new landscaping plans
would then be required to come back to the plan commission for
approval, he said.
Niebauer said he would be willing to work with city officials
and a Williams Drive representative to redesign the western
Additionally, an unlit, emergency vehicle access road is planned
for that portion of the building.
The Aster complex will be certified or licensed residential care
apartment complex and community-based residential facility,
according to the plan.
It will consist of 30 assisted living units which will be fully
serviced. The 50 congregate care units, or independent living
apartments, in the front portion of the three-story building
will have more limited services, according to the developer.
Another 30 units for memory care will be located within a
single-story structure attached to the back end of the facility.
It will be staffed 24 hours a day and seven days a week with
caregivers and support staff, employing approximately 40
full-time and part-time workers.
Resident units will be fully secured with the latest security
devices, aiding in the care of those living with Alzheimer’s or
other forms of dementia, according to the developer.
The complex will have multiple floors within the RCAC portion of
the facility to reduce walking distances to and from resident
rooms and the dining room, lobby and other common areas, since
residents may have to use canes, walkers or other mobility
devices, said the plan provided to plan commissioners.
Rooms in the RCAC will range from studios to
two-bedroom apartments. All units will have full kitchens with
stoves and refrigerators, along with a private bathroom and
CBRF rooms can be private or shared, while
each room will house a bathroom and shower. There will also be
assisted bathing areas, and up to 10 resident rooms will
comprise each “household” within the CBRF, according to the
The three-story portion of the facility
follows city zoning codes, Censky said, in that the roof line
was lowered to 35 feet after concerns arose during the
developer’s initial presentation in May.
The complex will also include an underground
parking garage with 51 parking stalls to be used by some
residents. Surface parking will support an additional 79 spaces.
Exterior lighting will be a combination of
pole-mounted and building mounted fixtures directing light
Light fixtures on the islands within the
parking lot would be set 20 feet high, and the lights along the
interconnecting drive will be 15 feet high.
Redeemer Lutheran Church extended sanitary
sewer and water pipes from the church to the parcel several
years ago, Censky said, adding that the state Department of
Transportation would allow access onto Wauwatosa Road provided
no other access drive is created.
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