rendering of the original five-story, 100,000
square-foot retail and residential building proposed for
the corner of Genesee and Main streets in Delafield.
DELAFIELD — It is back to the drawing boards for
Hendricks Commercial Properties and their proposed new,
large, multiuse building in downtown Delafield.
Most of the eight members of the Plan Commission at
Wednesday’s meeting appeared to like the idea of a new
downtown building with condominiums, offices and retail
spaces, perhaps even a public marketplace.
However, they did not like the architectural style and
design of the five-floor, 100,000 square-foot structure
proposed by architect Kent Johnson.
plans call for office and retail space on the first and
possibly second floors with 42 condominium units on the
There would be 84 underground parking spaces for the
Gerbitz, president and CEO of Hendricks Commercial
Property, described the architectural style as
resembling an early 1900s factory that had been
converted into first floor retail shops and upstairs
Gerbitz and Johnson suggested the architecture would
respect the historic traditions and culture of downtown
Delafield while contrasting with the colonial style
buildings that dominate the area.
Gerbitz and Johnson, both of whom formerly worked for
developer Bob Lang, are familiar with the design of many
of those buildings.
Concerns about size
a majority of commissioners did not believe the proposed
building would fit in downtown Delafield.
“The building belongs in the Third Ward in Milwaukee,”
said Commissioner David Greenway.
don’t like the building, it is huge,” added Commissioner
like the idea of a public market place like they have in
Milwaukee, but I just don’t think you have enough room
for that,” said Commissioner Jeff Krickhahn.
there a Plan B?” asked Commissioner Jim Reiher.
developers explained the building at the corner of
Genesee and Main streets is designed to appear as though
there are two separate buildings, one facing Main Street
and the other facing Genesee Street.
portion of the building will be five stories, while the
other portion will be four stories.
Commissioners asked if the height of the building could
be lower and the number of floors reduced to four on one
section and three on the other section.
There were also concerns that plan provides only 19
parking spaces to accommodate 24,000 square-feet of
retail and office space on the first floor.
While some commissioners questioned whether that is
adequate parking, City Engineer Mike Court of Short
Elliot Hendrickson pointed out that property owners in
the Central Business District One zoning district are
not required to provide any parking.
Gerbitz said his architects will go back to the drawing
boards in effort to come up with a new plan.
said he would like to find a building that is “somewhere
in the middle” between the colonial style of the
existing downtown structures and the early 1900s urban
style that was proposed to the commission.
Gerbitz later told The Freeman that it would probably be
some time after January of next year before he presented
a new proposal.
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