are one of two three-story buildings in the Arrabelle
development, as seen from Washington Avenue south of
downtown Cedarburg and the St. Francis Borgia Church.
Renderings courtesy of HSI
CEDARBURG — A more concrete
image of Arrabelle is forming as
architectural designs for the 69-unit
multifamily development faced Cedarburg Plan
Commission review Monday.
The two apartment buildings,
nine townhomes and single-family lot will
surround St. Francis Borgia Church at the
corner of Washington Avenue and Hamilton
Road in Cedarburg’s historic downtown. The
project was green-lighted in March when the
Common Council unanimously approved rezoning
and land use plan amendments at a meeting
that drew hundreds of attendees.
Project leaders, HSI
Properties and AG Architecture, will now
need several approvals from the Plan
Commission, which has final authority over
the architectural, landscaping, site and
stormwater management details.
The proposed design includes
a subdued color palette; brick, cobblestone
and pewter materials; and roof step-downs
and elevation considerations to minimize
height in some areas.
“It’s not a matter of ‘we’re
here,’ it’s a matter of ‘Cedarburg’s here’
and we want this to blend in,” said Eric
Harrmann of AG Architecture.
townhouses will be located on Hamilton Road.
Renderings courtesy of HSI
The developers said the
design incorporated much of the feedback
provided by the city and community. Since the project was introduced last August as
three, three-story buildings totaling 98
units, many residents expressed concerns
over height, density, aesthetic and overall
impact on Cedarburg, especially in an area
of two-story, single-family homes.
Growing opposition led to
“Vote No” yard signs, lengthy public
hearings, plan revisions and petitions that
required a supermajority vote for council
“Over the past few months
we’ve continued to evolve the course of the
project. We’ve digested feedback and
directions on all buildings … all showed a
substantial value as we were going through
this design process,” said Tony W. DeRosa of
Monday included specific architectural
qualities, such as railing and brick colors
and roof pitch, but seemed to agree that it
“I think the design is very
positive and is similar to a lot of the
architecture in the neighborhood,”
commission member Mark Burgoyne said.
Ultimately, the commission
did not vote on the design but suggested
several changes, including a higher roof
pitch and window alterations.
“One of the biggest concerns
(has been) height and I would caution the
commission that it was a big deal for us,”
Council Member Jack Arnett said about
increasing the roof pitch.
The developers are expected
back with the revised designs at the July 13
Plan Commission meeting, where a vote will
likely take place.
Arrabelle is targeted to
empty-nesters, snowbirds and baby boomers,
with monthly rent ranging between $1,000 and
$2,000. It promises higher-end amenities and
services like dry cleaning and dog-walking.
When asked about a timeline,
DeRosa noted that while several components
are still in the works, the goal is to get
started as soon as possible and estimated a
mid- to late-fall or early-winter start.
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