On Wednesday night, the Plan
Commission gave conceptual approval to a 245-unit apartment
complex planned for the former Fox Head Brewery site on
WAUKESHA -The Plan Commission is OK with
the concept of a 245-unit luxury apartment complex on
the site of the former Fox Head brewery on Maple Avenue,
but there are more details to work out.
Wednesday night, the Plan Commission gave
the project conceptual approval at the recommendation of
city staff, who will look into concerns about visibility
and other safety issues related to the two railroad
tracks that border the site.
Developer T. Wall Enterprises is
proposing a two-building, five-story development at 211
and 223 Maple Ave. that will consist of a triangular
building with four stories along Maple Avenue, five
stories along each railroad track and a courtyard and
walkways in the center, said Community Development
Specialist Jeff Fortin.
Commissioner Joan Francoeur said she was
concerned about the number of units, as well as whether
it’s possible to have quality development between two
Katie Piechotta of the Dunbar Oaks
Neighborhood Association told the commission that many
people in her neighborhood oppose the project, mainly
because of the building’s height, number of units and
potential increased traffic.
“It’s a historic neighborhood and I think
most people’s vision for the neighborhood is to make it
appear more traditional with single-family homes,”
Piechotta said. “A lot of people in Waukesha share the
thought that there’s a disproportionate amount of
multifamily houses already in the city.”
However, developer Terrence Wall said he
hosted a neighborhood meeting and only eight people
showed up, some of whom expressed support for the
project. He said others suggested ideas that he’s
considering incorporating into the development.
Fortin said the proposal meshes with the
city’s Central City Master Plan, which places value on
rental units intended for people who are likely to
patronize downtown businesses.
Each unit is proposed to be “condo-style”
with stainless steel appliances and its own washer,
dryer and balcony, comparable to the nearby Kendal
Lofts, Fortin said.
He also said city staff thinks the
building will improve that portion of Maple Avenue,
which is slated for redevelopment, and will act as a
buffer between nearby Carroll University and the
neighborhood to the west.
Wall said that rents haven’t been
finalized yet, but will range from $850 to $950 for a
studio, $975 to $1,100 for one-bedroom, $1,100 to $1,350
for two-bedroom and up to $1,500 for a two-bedroom
“special unit” with extra features like additional
windows or a loft.
The target demographic is wealthy senior
citizens, empty nesters and young professionals, Fortin
The commission voted 6-1 to change the
site’s land use plan from industrial to commercial, with
Mayor Shawn Reilly saying it won’t work any longer as an
industrial site since semitrucks can’t easily traverse
Maple Avenue. It also voted 5-2 in favor of rezoning the
property from manufacturing to business. The Common
Council will host a public hearing on the land use
amendment and proposed rezoning at a future meeting.