Ground broken on long-planned condos
Development will provide 20 units for adult residents

By Lisa Curtis - News Graphic Staff

July 16, 2015

The condominiums under construction at the corner of McKinley Boulevard and Garfield Street in Cedarburg could be on the market by January, said developer Duey Stroebel.   
Photo by Mark Justesen

CEDARBURG — After nine years on the drawing board, a development planned for the southeast side of Cedarburg is now underway.

Twenty, two-story adult housing units are under construction at the corner of McKinley Boulevard and Garfield Street. Developer Duey Stroebel, owner of Terrace Realty, said that the 1,800-square-foot condominiums target older adults. Specifically, 80 percent of the occupants must be at least 55 years or older. He said it is the same concept as his Bridge Commons development on Bridge Road and the Lincoln Court condominiums across from Westlawn Elementary School.

“I believe that niche has a lot of pent-up demand,” Stroebel said.

Stroebel has asked for numerous delays in the project – six as of February 2014 – since it was first proposed in 2008 as he waited for an upturn in the economy. The problem, he said, was couples who were headed into retirement or whose children left the house weren’t ready to sell their homes in the depressed economy.

That has changed, he said.

“The values are back for empty-nesters,” he said.

He touted the value of the units, which are designed by Cedarburg’s Kubala Washatko and will sell from between $220,000 and $260,000.

Cedarburg City Planner Jon Censky said the code allows for 24 units per acre for older adult housing. The extensions granted were to the planning unit development zoning.

The construction synced with construction on McKinley Boulevard, at which time road crews created a driveway and a cut in the median for the future development. Cedarburg Public Works Director Tom Wiza said Stroebel will reimburse the city for both.

A similar cut in the curb and a driveway were added further west, after McKinley Boulevard becomes Lincoln Boulevard. That could be used to access a future new public works facility, Wiza said.

“Even if something other than a public works facility ultimately gets built on this site, we would want the entrance to line up with Cardinal Avenue,” he said. “Not building the entrance with the street reconstruction would have been a costly mistake.”

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