Gateway Apartments set to open in July

By Ashley Haynes - Special to the Enterprise

June 30, 2016

The Gateway Apartments, 115 Silver Lake Plaza, from across the downtown roundabout. The apartments are set to open Friday. The design incorporated elements of the new community center to create a uniform look throughout the city.
Submitted photo

OCONOMOWOC — The downtown roundabout is finally about to have its new look.

The Gateway Apartments complex, 115 Silver Lake Plaza in downtown Oconomowoc, is set to open July 1 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony taking place at 9 a.m. July 6, which will also offer the public tours of the new building.

The 42-unit complex will feature several one-and-two-bedroom units priced between $1,250 and $2,050 a month.

The building was originally approved in April 2014.

Chris Slater and Sarah Hillenbrand inside one of the units being used as a demo.
Eric Oliver/Enterprise Staff

Sarah Hillenbrand, vice president of real estate development for Premier Real Estate, says a lot of time and effort went into planning the layout of each apartment unit.

“We’re obsessed with details,” Hillenbrand said. “That’s what sets us apart from the competition.”

The apartment complex features an array of different layouts, with the most popular one being the “Collins.” It is a split two-bedroom apartment, convenient for residents with a roommate. Hillenbrand said most of the units being leased are “Collinses.” There are five other layouts for apartments in the complex.

The second-floor corner unit features several modern amenities and a view overlooking downtown.
Eric Oliver/Enterprise Staff

Each floor of the apartment complex has a unique gathering area for residents. The second floor features a business room and lounge while the third floor has a theatre room and kitchenette gathering area.

Each unit comes with appliances and customized features that Hillenbrand said are included to make the apartments feel like more of a permanent residence than just an apartment.

Some of the features throughout the building include vaulted ceilings, fireplaces, custom cabinets, washers and dryers and blackout blinds. There’s even a dog wash for residents with pets. Photographs from Oconomowoc resident Joe Haas are prominently displayed throughout the building.

“It’s pretty much as top of the line as you can get,” Hillenbrand said.

The view of downtown Oconomowoc from a second-floor corner unit.
Eric Oliver/Enterprise Staff

Chris Slater, president of real estate development in the company, said the real estate company wanted to aim for a timeless sort of finish within the building.

Slater said he wants the building to appeal to multiple generations. He said the apartment complex supports the vision residents of Oconomowoc have for their downtown.

“We worked in collaboration with the citizens of Oconomowoc to bring more residents to local businesses and lakes and to revitalize the downtown area,” Slater said.

The design of the outside of the apartment complex was inspired by the architect Robert A.M. Stern. Slater and Hillenbrand asked their own architect to incorporate elements of Stern’s work into his vision.

“We wanted to make it as attractive as possible, so when you walk up, it feels like home,” Slater said.

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