Delafield to review Village Square settlement agreement
Proposed senior living facility serves as catalyst

By Katherine Michalets - Special to The Freeman

Dec. 16, 2014

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 sale.

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 other components.

Alyce Schouten, another Vettelson Road resident, also encouraged the Common Council to assess the agreement.

“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 two-bedroom units.

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 done.

“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 said.