Milwaukee Street property could house multifamily residential development
But commission nixes permit at this time, citing lack of details

By Dave Fidlin - Special to The Freeman

August 31, 2017

DELAFIELD — A property owner’s request Wednesday to change the character of a residential property resulted in a robust discussion of what is needed to receive a conditional-use permit in Delafield.

Applicant Robert Woeste came to the Plan Commission with a proposal to raze a dilapidated single-family home at 1712 Milwaukee St. and, in its place, have a multifamily residential building constructed.

The property, with access to Lake Nagawicka, is already zoned for multifamily use under Delafield’s municipal code. It is situated between the South Shore Condominiums and Fishbone’s Restaurant.

While commissioners heartily backed approving a certified survey map, calling for the consolidation of three separate parcels into one, a second part of the application — issuance of the conditional- use permit — was roundly denied.

Alderman and Commissioner Tim Aicher moved to deny the permit, which would have been an important mechanism toward making physical changes to the property.

Aicher’s primary concern was a lack of details.

“We have a piece of property here with potential,” Aicher said. “This is so fuzzy. I don’t know what we’d be approving.”

Mayor and Commission Chair Michele DeYoe seconded Aicher’s motion.

“I’m just uncomfortable voting on this without those details,” DeYoe said.

Although commissioners denied Woeste’s request for a conditional-use permit, several pointed out the motion could be reversed once additional details for the site come into focus.

“I wouldn’t walk away from this thinking this won’t happen,” Commissioner Jim Reiher said. “We just need more information.”

In other business, the commission:

Recommended Delafield Presbyterian Church’s proposal to relocate an existing playground from the northwest corner of the property, 1851 Genesee St., to the northeastern portion. Local Eagle Scout Michael Keefe is overseeing the project.

City Planner Roger Dupler recommended the proposal for reasons including greater safety and practicality for the youngsters using the playground.

With the commission’s backing in place, the full Common Council will vote on the proposal at its next meeting on Tuesday.

Approved the relocation of Delafield Wellness’ practice within a multitenant commercial building at 524 Milwaukee St.

The clinic, offering psychotherapy and other holistic practices, is moving from Suite 207 within the complex to Suite 308. No changes have been made to the hours of operation or other items under the city’s previously issued conditional-use permit.

Approved a conditional-use permit for a new medical office, Gallagher Integrative Family Medicine, at 814 Genesee St. Applicants Bruce and Rebecca Gallagher plan to operate the practice from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Approved plans to alter the storefront of a business at 636 Milwaukee St. so the exterior includes the building’s original historic façade.

Dupler said the alterations will reflect the stone building’s character and they conform with the Downtown District’s design guidelines.