The 33-unit apartment complex proposed for Mequon would be
located near the southeast corner of Mequon Road and
Buntrock Avenue in Mequon.
MEQUON — Plans
for additional high-end apartments in the Mequon Town Center
neighborhood took a step forward with Monday’s unanimous
endorsement by the city’s Planning Commission.
Property Investments wants to build 33 apartments in an L-shaped
building at 11130 N. Buntrock Ave. The developer already owns
the property just behind the old brewery building on the
southeast corner of Mequon Road and Buntrock Avenue.
owned the parcel since 2008 – and we feel now is a good time to
develop it,” said Nora J. Pecor, chief financial officer for the
Milwaukee-based company. The project is expected to cost more
than $9.3 million to develop and generate $118,137 in annual
property taxes, according to a statement of intent that the
developer provided to the city.
development would include 17 one-bedroom apartments, 12
two-bedroom apartments and four units with three bedrooms. The
average apartment size would be 1,231 square feet.
Some of the
units would be smaller than a 1,000square-foot minimum
requirement, but city staff recommended a waiver.
units will provide a product for an underserved market in
Mequon, as well as provide a diversity of unit types in the
complex,” Jac Zader, the city’s assistant director of community
development, wrote in a memo to the Planning Commission.
Center project at Mequon and Cedarburg roads also included an
exemption on the 1,000-square-foot size for 30 percent of the
units, although that developer ultimately decided to build all
of the units bigger than the minimum, Zader added.
apartment building will include 63 parking spaces intended for
residents and guests; the majority of the parking will be
that city staff and the developer made significant efforts to
make the building attractive and also to preserve several large
nearby trees. Pecor said she believes that keeping those trees
will enhance the project.
with the applicant long and hard on this process,” said Zader,
adding that the proposed location of the building was moved to
accommodate trees and provide more of a buffer from Mequon Road.
anticipated monthly rent for the apartments will range from
$1,425 for a one-bedroom unit with one bath to $3,000 a month
for a three-bedroom unit with two baths, the developer said.
that Dermond will be a local, hands-on manager of the apartments
once they are built. She said they now manage two apartment
complexes in Milwaukee, still own a variety of rehabilitated
properties in Milwaukee and intend to manage a 107-unit
apartment complex it is now building in Green Bay.
discussion that preceded the vote to approve rezoning and a
concept plan, Planning Commission members generally praised the
project, although several members said they would like to see
more brick used on the sides of the building that do not face
a Common Council member who also serves on the Planning
Commission, said she is pleased that a developer with the
“excellent reputation” of Dermond is proposing a project in the
city. She added that she would like to see the brick theme on
the front of the building carried through to the other sides.
later that the development of apartments is “a new phenomenon
for Mequon.” She said she hopes that the people who are
attracted to the community put down more permanent roots in the
city after renting for a while.
Common Council will consider the rezoning and concept plan in
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