DELAFIELD - A proposed senior living
project is providing a starting point for city staff to
review a settlement agreement for Village Square
development at Highway 16 and Highway 83, which has
caused uncertainty about what type of development is
allowable under its parameters.
Vettelson Road residents whose land would
border the development raised concerns about the height
and potential effect of the proposed multi-stage senior
living facility on surrounding residential properties,
while Common Council members were concerned about
putting “the cart before the horse” when it came to
discussing the project before gaining a solid
understanding of the settlement agreement.
Alderman Jim Behrend moved for the city’s
planning staff to review the settlement agreement and to
see how the Heritage senior assisted living and memory
care facility would fit into the agreement, as well as
how the balance of the site should be adjusted. The
motion also included that Alderman Jeff Krickhahn should
be involved in the discussion as a Vettelson Road
resident and representative for the other residents.
Alderman Tim Aicher seconded the motion,
which was approved with Alderwoman Jackie Valde voting
against and Alderman Chris Smith absent.
During public comment, Vettelson Road
resident Bill Restock said Monday night’s proposal was
significantly similar to the apartment complex proposed
by Joe McCormick that he spoke against in the fall and
which the aldermen voted against in November.
“I think that all development plans must
be put on hold until the settlement agreement issue is
resolved,” he said.
The development rights for the
controversial Village Square project at the southwest
corner of highways 83 and 16 no longer belong to
Oconomowoc developers Jon Spheeris and Michael Schutte.
Neither returned phone calls seeking comment on the
Agreement dates back 11 years
According to a Feb. 4, 2005 Freeman
article, the Village Square developers reached a
settlement agreement with Delafield to move forward with
the project in 2003. The agreement outlined a plan to
build a retail center with a maximum size of 150,000
square feet of building development on the site and
Alyce Schouten, another Vettelson Road
resident, also encouraged the Common Council to assess
“Really look at this settlement agreement
and be very careful what you do with it,” she said.
Milo Pinkerton, president of MSP Real
Estate and Heritage Senior Living, gave a presentation
during Monday’s meeting. He said the company takes pride
in its buildings and believes there is a need for a
senior living facility in Delafield.
The project would have a
120,000-square-foot building area and a
48,000-square-foot building footprint with a three-story
building and a two-story wing facing the south, which is
also toward Vettelson Road. There would be 56
underground parking spaces and 60 surface parking spaces
for a total of 116 parking spots. The building would
include 41 efficiency units, 25 one-bedroom units and 58
Alderman Al Zietlow reminded the council
about the decision to review the settlement agreement as
a board to better understand it, which has not yet been
“Do we have the horse and the cart turned
around a bit?” he asked.
Alderman Gerry MacDougall said McCormick
was told that his project would be better with two
stories and Monday the council was getting a look at
another three-story development.
“The question is really the settlement
agreement. We have to sort that mess out,” he said.
Mayor Michele DeYoe said the senior
living facility gives the city a “jumping off point” to
start a discussion about the settlement agreement.
“We have an opportunity to use that in
deliberations in changing the settlement agreement,” she