WAUKESHA - After
hearing neighbors’ and Common Council members’ concerns, a
developer scaled down a luxury apartment complex planned for
Maple Avenue, and the Plan Commission gave the new proposal a
thumbs-up Wednesday night.
Terrence Wall initially proposed a four-and-five-story
development for the triangular-shaped site of the former Fox
Head Brewery site at 221 Maple Ave., which is bordered by two
railroad tracks. Neighbors expressed concerns about traffic and
the building’s ability to mesh with nearby residential
development, which resulted in the Common Council putting the
entire plan on hold last week.
Wall came back with a plan that reduced the buildings to three
and four stories and the units from 245 to 202. Wall’s new plan
also reduces the proposed first-floor commercial space from half
the building to just 23 percent.
Council sent us a message to look at a smaller, less dense
project,” Wall said.
developments he’s headed up, half the residents have incomes of
$60,000 per year or higher. “These are very expensive and very
high-end residential units,” he said of the apartments, which
will be dubbed Fox Head Residences.
proposed to start at $750 to $850 for a modified studio and
increase from there.
Jennifer Andrews explained that single-family residential lots
would be extremely complicated and expensive on the former
manufacturing site - up to $300,000 just to develop one lot.
She said the
proposal fits into the Central City Master Plan and the higher
density is appropriate for part of the city that needs people to
visit its shops and restaurants.
feels the density is more appropriate for the central city,”
Andrews said, adding a project like this likely wouldn’t be
approved for the outskirts of town.
Joan Francoeur was curious: why this site?
“We are very
good at taking a challenge ... and really making it a diamond in
the community,” Wall said. “Anyone can go develop apartments in
the suburbs in the periphery. This will be a real community
asset - viewed as a landmark a few years from now.”
unanimously approved the revised site plan and architectural
review for the site.