Fowler Lake Village gets two significant approvals
Still eyeing September start to build

By Jake Meister - Enterprise Staff

August 17, 2017

OCONOMOWOC — Fowler Lake Village LLC’s goal to begin building its enormous five-story, 180,000-square-foot mixed-use condominium development at the corner of St. Paul Street and East Pleasant Avenue, across from City Hall, by early fall got a needed boost Aug. 9.

Both the Oconomowoc Architectural Commission and Oconomowoc Plan Commission gave a nod to items that make the construction of Fowler Lake Village — which will include around 30 condominium units, a number of live/work storefronts and space for restaurant use — much more of a sure thing.

The Oconomowoc Plan Commission approved the the major design review plans for Fowler Lake Village during its meeting. Before the Plan Commission’s vote, the Oconomowoc Architectural Commission met and approved building plans for Fowler Lake Village.

A rendering of the five-story 180,000 square-foot Fowler Lake Village proposed for construction near Oconomowoc’s Fowler Lake.
Submitted renderings

The approval from the Architectural Commission came with a few minor conditions, including: that the applicant provide additional information on patio dividers, canopies and awnings, and building material colors, that the color of the service doors match the adjacent building material and that venting be minimized.

“The project will be a tremendous addition to the City’s Downtown,” City Planner and Zoning Administrator Jason Gallo said in a document pertaining to the major design review of Fowler Lake Village. “For years Downtown studies identified a lack of residents within the heart of Downtown, and this project will attract additional residents to the area. The applicant has been very responsive to all of Staff’s comments and requests.”

“We are very happy with the input and guidance we received from both the Architectural and Plan Commission Board Members,” Jeff Seymour of Fowler Lake Village said in a Monday email to the Enterprise. “We believe the City Committee and Staff reviews over the last few months have helped to make our project better for the community, and our buyers.”

The relations between the two sides haven’t also been so perky. In fact, they had been downright chilly.

The Oconomowoc Common Council voted in February to settle a lawsuit against the city for the previously proposed Fowler Lake Village, which Seymour and other developers had hoped to build behind City Hall by Fowler Lake, an area the city is currently upgrading via its own Fowler Lake Waterfront Project.

“Once we got past the lawsuit things worked out very well,” Mayor Dave Nold said.

The Oconomowoc Common Council still has to approve the developer’s agreement for the project, which Nold anticipates will happen.

“We are hopeful for a final approval from the Common Council in the next few weeks, so we can continue forward to the ground breaking on our project in late September, for completion next year,” Seymour said.

“With reservations already near 40 percent before our final approval, we anticipate units to go fast once we are formally visible in the red hot Lake Country Real Estate marketplace,” Seymour said in the email.


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