Condos proposed for former Mequon-owned land
Developer is working with owner of an adjacent historic home

By Gary Achterberg - News Graphic Staff

August 15, 2017

 A developer wants to build 32 condominiums on a 10-acre parcel on Green Bay Road previously used by Mequon’s Department of Public Works.
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 with commissioners.

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.