Concerns about housing plans
buildings would be on 19-acre plot
ZANK - Daily News
July 8, 2015
WEST BEND - A crowd of
almost 30 residents attended the West Bend Plan
Commission meeting Tuesday night to hear about plans for
a proposed 144-unit multi-family residential complex.
Plans from Basco Development LLC to construct 13
buildings on a 19.3-acre parcel near the intersections
of Sylvan Way and West Progress Drive were discussed at
the meeting at City Hall.
The development does not align with the 2020
Comprehensive Plan and would require an amendment before
Business and Development Planner Jim Reinke said staff
had concerns the buildings’ designs may have a
“They are pretty much the same building style
throughout,” he said. “Staff would recommend some type
of architectural variety.”
Charles Boysa with Basco Development attended the event
to address any concerns commissioners had. He said the
photographs the company submitted would not be replicas
of what they would build.
“We’re willing to do different color schemes and
different facades that will break it up,” he said at the
Commissioners were also concerned with the lack of
transition between the single- family and multi-family
Boysa said the developer recognizes
the issue, but the development makes the most economic
“We do understand typically you’d
like to single-, to two-, to multi-(family housing), but
in today’s market, duplexes … are almost functionally
obsolete,” he said.
Residents, primarily from the
Rolling Hills subdivision just south of the site of the
planned development, have voiced concerns.
In a Tuesday Daily News article,
Rolling Hills residents said they were concerned with
increased traffic in the area and the appearance of the
building not fitting in with the neighborhood aesthetic.
According to a Plan Commission memo,
the developer’s plan identifies Kingfisher Drive to
serve the developments and provide a second access to
Mayor Kraig Sadownikow, addressing
the crowd, said the commission will have at least two
public hearings on the development.
“Tonight, this was a concept
submittal,” he said. “It’s really intended to promote
discussion between the Plan Commission, staff and the
developer. It’s not an approve-or-deny situation.”
A zoning amendment, site plan,
certified survey map and developer’s agreement must be
approved before construction starts, according to the
Commissioners OK hotel
Plan Commission members approved a
site plan for a canopy over the Quality Inn lobby
entrance at 2433 W. Washington St., on the condition the
hotel has at least 52 parking stalls in its lot.
Reinke said the canopy’s
construction would eliminate five parking stalls,
bringing its total down to 50.
“The zoning code requires one
parking stall for each hotel room plus additional
parking for each staff person,” he said. “This hotel has
49 rooms and they staff three people each shift, which
would require 52 parking stalls.”
Alderman Ed Duquaine, who also
serves on the commission, had concerns about making an
exception to the zoning codes for this hotel.
“I’d hate the potential to set a
precedent on allowing this one site to operate with the
less than recommended parking stalls,” he said.
Duquaine made a motion to approve
the canopy construction as long as the hotel adds stalls
to bring the lot capacity to 52.
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