Plans for Saxony Village, a
225-unit apartment complex in Germantown, have gotten smaller.
Village President Dean Wolter said the developer, Scott Bence
for JBJ Development and Heritage Joint Venture, has prepared an
alternative plan with 36 fewer units for the 24-acre parcel at
N116 W16200 Main St.
Village Planner Jeff Retzlaff said cutting back on the number of
proposed apartments was done “in response to public reaction.”
Residents had concerns about the impact Saxony Village would
have on the Germantown School District, as far as space and
traffic. Some also said they would rather see the complex as
condominiums instead of rental units.
While Plan Commission members were supportive of the project,
they shared concerns about its size. Commissioners also had
issues with the proposed heights of the apartment buildings and
road access, Retzlaff said.
A scaled-down proposal featuring 189 units has been submitted.
Bence requested input on the revision, Wolter said.
The revised version shows six two-story buildings instead of
five three-story buildings in the complex. The new version has
90 one-bedroom apartments, 12 one bedroom plus den, 75
two-bedroom and 12 three-bedroom units. It also has parking for
The revised version still shows a clubhouse, a pavilion and two
patio areas inside the complex.
Missing from this “Plan B,” as Wolter called it, is a 24-vehicle
public parking lot, which would have helped ease parking on Main
Street, and a retention pond that could have helped with
stormwater issues in downtown.
“I would hate to call it a trade-off. The first plan did have
the public amenities of the parking lot on Main Street and the
retention pond, but the second plan does not,” Wolter said.
The revised plan conforms to zoning and could be developed
without further input from the village or the public, Retzlaff
noted in the background information.
“I think that what the developer heard at the committee meeting
Monday night is that less is better when it comes to the
apartment complex plan,” Wolter said, noting that he received 30
emails from residents who were against more multi-family
developments in Germantown.
“I understand how they feel but there is little the village can
do to stop a plan that conforms to the zoning,” Wolter said.
Village Trustee Dennis Myers said, having seen the details, said
he favors the new plan.
“I think I like the two-story plan,” Myers said. “I also would
like to see the village and the developer work out some sort of
an agreement for the public parking lot on Main Street as it had
been proposed in the original plan.”
Bence told the Plan Commission at its May 11 meeting, when he
brought forth the proposal for 225 apartments, that he has been
involved with this property since 1996 and that now the time is
right to develop it.
Calls to Bence were not returned Tuesday afternoon. Wolter said
the next step is the developer’s.
“It’s up to him if he wants to come in with a site plan or if he
wants to have another consultation with the village before
moving forward,” Wolter said.