A developer wants
to build 32 condominiums on a 10-acre parcel on Green
Bay Road previously used by Mequon’s Department of
Photo by Gary Achterberg
MEQUON — Plans for 32
condominiums along Green Bay Road just north
of Thiensville advanced Aug. 7 as the Mequon
Planning Commission unanimously approved
several preliminary steps.
Developer David Hoff wants to
build 16 side-by-side two-condo units on a
10-acre parcel he bought from the city July
11. The land previously was used by the
Department of Public Works. It no longer is
needed because all DPW functions are being
combined at a new facility in the industrial
park. The sale is contingent on city
approval of the project.
Much of the site is wooded;
Hoff said efforts will be made to preserve
as many of the trees as possible.
The condos, which would be
priced in the low- to mid-$400,000 range,
would include two bedrooms, dens, 2 1/2
baths, basements and two-car garages, Hoff
told a reporter after his successful meeting
Hoff said he is making
efforts to accommodate a neighbor who owns
the only nearby home, which is accessed from
Cedarburg Road. James Wilke, who said he has
restored a home built in 1839, spoke during
the meeting and said he is working amicably
with Hoff on issues that include screening
and the setback from his property.
Wilke added he would like to
see the only access point to the property
come from Green Bay Road. The current plans
call for an entrance on either end, but Hoff
said he is willing to explore options aimed
at addressing safety concerns related to
cars entering and exiting Cedarburg Road.
Hoff added that one way to
increase the setback from Wilke’s home would
be to design the two planned culs-de-sac so
they are slightly narrower than city
requirements. He added the entire
subdivision could be private roads.
The proposed project would
have 2.9 units per acre, which is well
within the maximum of four units per acre
specified by the zoning rules.
Hoff is also seeking an
exception from rules that would require that
at least 50 percent of the garage doors face
the sides. He said that will be difficult
with the configuration of the project. Hoff
and city staff appeared amenable to an
agreement that would specify the use of
high-quality garage doors.
Whether the project would be
served by city sewer and water is still
under discussion. If the project does not
hook up to the utilities, the city would
have to grant an exception.
Hoff has completed other
projects in the area, including a townhome-
style condominium project on the former
Gilbert Shoe Co. site on Elm Street in
Thiensville just west of Village Hall.