Up to 99 apartments have been proposed for the former
brewery at the corner of
Franklin and North Main streets in West Bend.
BEND — Developers interested in renovating the former brewery
adjacent to Highway 33 presented details of their plans to mixed
reviews from West Bend officials.
Commission members provided their input during Tuesday’s meeting
regarding the concept plan by Robert Bach of P2 Development Co.,
based in Saukville, to transform the site at the corner of North
Main Street and Franklin Street into a multifamily housing
think it would a great nucleus for trying to get something going a
little bit north of (Highway) 33,” Bach said. “Between 33 and
Regner Park, it is an area that hasn’t had a lot of
redevelopment going on, and we thought this would be a good
nucleus to get this going. Also, having more people reside in that
area, which would help all of the local businesses in the
to the accompanying memo from Business and Development Planner
James Reinke, the proposal is to transform the site into a
multifamily residential development. The proposed building is
three stories that will include an in-building parking basement
will have 99 units with a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom
apartments that will be rented at market rates. The facility will
also have common areas such as a community room, fitness amenities
and storage units.
building will be located along Main Street close to the right of
way. Individual street-level entrances are under consideration for
residents fronting the road, but corridors would be provided for
internal access to their apartments.
building would have direct access to the Riverwalk. Vehicles would
enter the site using Franklin Street. The developer is also
pursuing a second vehicle access point to North Main Street
through private lands north of the building.
and his colleagues have requested that city officials consider
vacating all or part of the Franklin Street roadway to accommodate
don’t have anything picked out as far as what would go there,”
Bach said. “It is a prominent location, but it is not a place
you would have a Walgreens.”
parcel south of the structure would be part of the developer’s
control and could share access by the replacement private
would not be in favor of it as a concept,” Commissioner Jed
Dolnick said. “It may be comparable to Auxiliary Court and
Regency, but those buildings are not fronting on a major
thoroughfare like Main Street.
question is, ‘Is this what we want facing Main Street?’”
Dolnick added as he displayed the rendering to his colleagues.
“Number one, the design is extremely disappointing. It is
cookie-cutter. It is broken up by porches and windows, but we can
do better than that.”
also said he did not favor the use of the building, but would
later temper his thoughts after hearing from Bach. Dolnick wanted
a more detailed rendering of the structure before he could be
completely comfortable with the proposal.
Sara Fleischman agreed and said she had problems with using the
building for residential purposes.
don’t really have a problem with it,” Commissioner Bernie
would like to see an entrance on the north side if that would be
will return with additional details at a later date.