OCONOMOWOC - A
recent meeting between developers and city staff might lead to
more apartments downtown.
City staff met
with Jon Spheeris to discuss the Gateway. According to the
meeting minutes, the potential residential development would be
a 42-unit apartment complex.
“I am one of
the partners of the project,” Spheeris said. “We want to see the
downtown thrive and I think it needs more people.”
minutes described the complex “encompassing the area of East
Wisconsin Avenue to the north, South Silver Lake Street to the
east, East Collins Street to the south and Silver Lake Plaza to
the concept for the apartments, planned as market rate leases,
was formed over the last few months.
rendering was not yet available, Spheeris said the building
would have a “Nantucket kind of look.” Reminiscing on
Oconomowoc’s history as the “Newport of the West,” he said the
concept may have a “New England sea coast look.”
Jason Gallo said the city has targeted that area as a
“I am very
pleased to see we would have a partnership to develop that
corner ... and people want to live downtown,” Gallo said.
Worthington apartments across from the community center, Gallo
said the Gateway is another example of an increase in
residential development seen recently by the city.
the minutes, city staff discussed zoning, design and fire safety
protocol for the apartments, and the next step will be going
through the city’s development process.