New Oconomowoc condo project clears two hurdles
Developer wants to create ‘landmark building’

By Ryan Billingham - Freeman Staff

Dec. 10, 2015

 An early rendering of the 17-unit, high-end condo development Parc on Lac La Belle. The developers have presented more detailed three-dimensional images of the project, and emphasized the preliminary nature of the image. 
Submitted rendering

OCONOMOWOC - A new high-end condo development took two steps toward becoming a reality Wednesday night when Oconomowoc’s Architectural Commission, then its Plan Commission, approved plans for Parc on Lac La Belle, a 17-unit residential building on West Wisconsin Avenue.

Local real estate developer Jon Spheeris said he wants his latest condominium project to be “a landmark building” that will “bring a whole new level of sophistication” to the city.

Three parcels of land at 136, 144 and 204 W. Wisconsin Avenue have been combined in advance of what Spheeris said will be a condominium project built by the “best architects and builders.”

The five-story building will have two towers with a plaza between them -  featuring a fountain - 17 residential units, a penthouse with courtyard and a shared clubhouse.

The finished building will be just under 70 feet high. It will be set back in varying distances from West Wisconsin Avenue with 27 feet its closest point.

Parking will consist of 34 enclosed stalls and six surface stalls for visitors.

City Planner Jason Gallo said the project is comparable in size to the nearby Worthington apartment building. He also said the building meets or exceeds bulk code requirements including height and setbacks.

In its recommendation the city cited several technical issues that must be resolved before final approval, including the creation of a developer’s agreement, some construction logistics and final paperwork from FEMA over floodplain insurance issues.

Spheeris said he has been assured by the builder the project can be built despite a lack of side yard setbacks.

The Plan Commission voted unanimously to approve the major design review, as long as the technical issues are addressed.

Commissioner Robert Lex said the project is a “tremendous opportunity for the downtown area.”

Spheeris said the project will have four-sided architecture. It will include a cast stone base, two types of brick, stucco, dormers, and either cable or glass railings.

Johnson said in November the design goal was to create a “relaxed classical style” and to avoid a copy of the nearby Community Center.

At its Nov. 17 meeting the city’s Common Council approved the combination of three lots to create the space for the project, which neighbors Spinnaker’s restaurant and the Community Center.

"We won’t disappoint you," Spheeris said.

The project is still being planned. Spheeris said in the next 60 days plans should be finished.