Hartland is growing
Several residential projects promise to bring more people downtown


Oct. 24, 2015


Rubble sits in a pile near the site of a former bowling alley on Hartbrook Drive where a new Waukesha State Bank branch may be built.
Charles Auer/Freeman Staff

HARTLAND — People want to live in Hartland — and several construction projects in the works highlight that desire, said Village Administrator David Cox.

“There is a lot of growth, a lot of activity going on,” he said. “It’s a good sign for us; people want to be here.”

One high-profile residential project that should break ground soon is the Riverwalk Apartments on East Capitol Drive. The project includes three buildings, two of which would be all residential and a third will contain commercial space on the first floor and residential on the second floor.

Cox said a tax incremental financing district was approved in the summer and will include the apartment development along the Bark River. He said the Riverwalk Apartments are in the final approval stages. The developer, JD McCormick, has started some work on the site and has obtained erosion control permits. Around Nov. 1, Cox said, there will be more significant activity on the site and it will really get going in mid-November.

The Pink Mocha Café at 212 E. Capitol Drive is still operating there, but will move to a new location on Merton Avenue to allow for construction. Cox said a grand opening celebration will likely be held for the Pink Mocha Café’s new location in December. The other businesses in the strip mall that will be torn down for the apartments have already relocated.

Other single-family subdivision developments are underway in the village.

Cox said work will soon start on the Four Winds West Subdivision near Beaver Lake, west of Highway E and north of Highway K. The development agreement for the project has been approved, Cox said, and there will be some installation of utilities and erosion control measures during the winter. The Four Winds West Subdivision will include 47 single-family homes when completed.

Another subdivision, Windrush on the northeast corner of the village, is in its final stages, Cox said. The roads have been paved and homes will start to be built in the next several weeks. At completion, the Siepmann development will have 57 homesites.

The Sanctuary of Hartland is under construction near the village’s downtown, off Maple Avenue and East Capitol Drive. Construction on the 34 home sites on 27 acres is underway, Cox said. The project is being built by Miller Marriott Construction Co.

As more people move to Hartland, Cox said, the focus has been drawing them to downtown and the Hartbrook Drive corridor. Paths connect The Sanctuary to the downtown.

Cox also said there are discussions going on with property owners to form partnerships that would improve parking downtown for private and public use.

“We have a lot of folks downtown and it’s going to get better,” he said.

The village has also partnered with the Ice Age Trail and community and is not only emphasizing its access to the community, but wants trail users to venture off and visit the restaurants and retail downtown, Cox said.

Other Hartland projects in the works include a possible branch for Waukesha State Bank on Hartbrook Drive where a bowling alley recently stood. Cox said Waukesha State Bank has conceptual approval for a bank at that location, but has not submitted plans for approval yet.

A 32-bed Memory Care CBRF to be located at 430, 438 and 444 Merton Ave. is close to completion.