Delafield commission to hold hearing for proposed apartments; concerns about height, density

By Katherine Michalets - Special to The Freeman

March 28, 2014

Wells Street Station would include two three-story buildings on a 1.82-acre location off of Wells Street and Lake Street.The plan includes 112 parking stalls, including 16 for guests.  
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DELAFIELD - During its meeting Wednesday, the Delafield Plan Commission agreed to hold a public hearing on multifamily buildings proposed for Wells Street, but commissioners also expressed some concerns about the project.

Mayor Ed McAleer said the commission moved to hold a public hearing, which will likely be scheduled for the last Wednesday in April. Questions and concerns raised about the project included the height and density of the project, he said.

According to documents filed with the city, the Wells Street Station would include two three-story buildings on a 1.82-acre location off of Wells Street and Lake Street. The proposed buildings are a total of 22,058 square feet in size. The project would have a total green space ratio of 46.5 percent.  The plan includes 112 parking stalls, including 16 for guests. The apartments would include one or two bedrooms.

McAleer said the developer, HSI Properties, made it clear reducing the size or scope of the project isnít an option because the density is needed to financially support the underground parking.

ďI donít think there is going to be room for negotiating,Ē he said.

Also at the meeting, the Plan Commission denied a request to divide a lake parcel at 34352 Valley Road into two lots because of size restrictions. The request was also sent to the city attorney for clarification on the zoning ordinance because the applicant said the ordinance allowed for the split. McAleer said he anticipates the item being on the April 7 Common Council agenda.

The commission approved temporary business plans of operation for Clearwater Outdoor and Glacier Springs Adventure Company to provide rental equipment in St. Johnís Park during the summer months.

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