From left, Ellen
Chamberlain of Minneapolis, Chris Moore of West Bend and
Chuck Moore of Minneapolis ride their bicycles along the
Eisenbahn State Trail on Friday morning near a lot for
sale on Water Street in West Bend.
John Ehlke/Daily News
new development project is planned near the downtown
West Bend area that will hopefully create additional
residential and commercial activity for the city.
During their Sept. 25 meeting, members of the Common
Council voted to approve an agreement with Urban Vantage
to develop the lot at 122 Wisconsin St. near Dublin’s.
is a mixed-use building going on the site,” Development
Director Mark Piotrowicz said. “The site plans had been
previously approved by the Plan Commission. The
agreement simply brings forward all of the terms of the
offer to purchase that you had previously approved, and
also the site plan requirements from Plan Commission’s
According to the accompanying memo sent by Business and
Development Planner James Reinke, the construction
project will be a 5,653-square-foot, three-story
building. The first floor will consist of a commercial
unit for Quam Engineering.
Along with that will be 10 apartments, two of which will
share the first-floor space with Quam, while the other
two floors will have four units each.
agreement states that developer will purchase the lot
from the city for $1 in exchange for constructing the
building on the site. The developer will bear the cost
of the development, which could include properly
installing metal stakes or spikes that mark the
property’s boundaries and make improvements to the
location by connecting the electrical, telephone, cable
television and utilizes on the site.
developer will be responsible for removing snow and ice
from the sidewalks at the location as well as the public
driveway. Aside from that, representatives from Urban
Vantage will be remediate the area according to
recommendations from officials at the Wisconsin
Department of Natural Resources.
think the two key points in the developer’s agreement
are that it is a known site for contamination,” City
Administrator Jay Shambeau said. “That is addressed in
the developer’s agreement between us and Urban Vantage.
“It will depend on the testing, but yes, I believe there
will be some clean up before they start building.”
Along with the developer’s agreement, council members
also voted to approve a loan to Urban Vantage
representatives in the amount of $120,000 via the
revolving loan fund.
reason they are receiving that money is because they are
growing seven living-wage jobs, relocating their
business from Highway 33 to that location and the loan
is for the structural portion of the entity, not the
residential component,” Shambeau said.
Earlier in the year, council members amended their
revolving loan fund rules to accommodate such a request.
city is excited that we have a buyer for that property
and that it is going to produce positive increment for
the city,” Shambeau said. “That was absolutely exciting
for the city and for keeping a local business here in
West Bend for expansion where they could have chosen to