Wells Street Station moves forward
Developer asked to install sidewalks with pavers; not required to build bike path

By Katherine Michalets - Special to The Freeman

Sept. 25, 2014

DELAFIELD — It was the community-enriching details for a proposed two-building apartment complex in downtown Delafield that spurred the most discussion among plan commissioners Wednesday, as they debated whether they should require the developer to install and pay for a bike bath and four crosswalks constructed from pavers.

The motion carried 4 to 3 to recommend the Common Council approve the conditional use permit specific implementation plan for Wells Street Station contingent upon resubmittal and approval of a lighting plan, installation of two brick paver crosswalks on the north side of the property on Main Street, striping and signage for two crosswalks on the south side of the property on Wells Street and additional screening along the parking lot, as well as resubmittal of proposed signage and Public Works approval of all the items as suggested by the city planner.

Alderman and Plan Commissioner Tim Aicher’s motion did not include requiring the developers, Jason Steiner and HSI-Delafield Partners, to pay for continuation of the city bike path along the south side of their property on Wells Street.

He said that he believes the bike path is part of the city’s plan for the future regardless of whether the Wells Street Station comes to fruition.

City Planner Roger Dupler had said he felt the city should require Wells Street Station’s developers to include the bike path extension in their plans and expenses because the city has asked other developers to do that.

Tony DeRosa, executive vice president with HSI, said the cost of the bike path and sidewalks with pavers was cost-prohibitive.

“We are trying to take the approach with this project of not asking for assistance (from the city),” he said.

He said due to the increasing cost of labor and materials, they have already asked the contractor to cut some costs while still maintaining the quality and uniqueness of the 58-unit development proposed between Wells Street and Main Street.

Steiner requested that the development be taken on its own merits and said he had worked with the city to obtain grant funds for the bike path.

“I feel like I have some sweat and financial equity in the bike path and would like (the commission) to consider it,” he said.

Ryan Schultz, owner of HSI Properties, said the four crosswalks with pavers could cost between $30,000 and $40,000 each, and while he doesn’t object to such things, he questioned whether his project should be required to foot the bill.

Commissioner Wayne Dehn asked if it was a dealbreaker to require incorporating the bike path and crosswalks with brick pavers in the development plans, and Schultz said it was.

Aicher went over what the city was compromising on and what Steiner and HSI Properties were, including allowing the developer to incorporate the Fish Hatchery Sports Area Park into the greenspace plan and the city vacating Dopkins Street.

DeRosa said Wells Street Station will be made of quality materials and the project would likely contribute an additional $100,000 per year in tax revenue.

The Plan Commission also decided not to change the city’s code regarding the placement of election campaign signage. A permanent sign was approved for Naga-Waukee Ice Arena, 2699 Golf Road.