James Campbell, 17, of
West Bend looks at the former brewery on North Main
Street as he rides his bicycle Wednesday morning in West
John Ehlke/Daily News
proposal to renovate the former brewery along Main
Street immediately north of Highway 33 cleared one
bureaucratic hurdle when West Bend officials agreed to a
Members of the Plan Commission unanimously voted to
approve a zoning change during Tuesday’s meeting,
modifying it from a general business and warehousing
district to one that is mixed use.
“The purpose of rezoning is to accommodate the
redevelopment of the property for a multifamily
residential unit use, which is compatible with the
area,” Business and Development Planner James Reinke
According to the memo Reinke sent to Plan Commission
members, the proposal is to rezone almost 3 acres of
land located at 445-485 N. Main St. The structure is
surrounded by a community business district zone to the
west, the north is zoned as a general business and
warehousing district, while the south is labeled as a
light industrial district.
memo also stated the proposal is consistent with the
adopted land use within the 2020 comprehensive plan.
“Staff received only one inquiry about this from the
neighbor to the west who is not opposed to the rezoning,
but did express some concerns with traffic and parking
which would be addressed at the time of the site plan
submission,” Reinke said.
Commission members permitted attendees to express their
concerns during the meeting, but no one came forward.
Developers approached Commission members during the Nov.
7 to gauge their problems or concerns with the project.
The redevelopment project will be three stories and
consist of 99 units, a combination of one, two and
three-bedroom style apartments.
will also feature common areas such as a community room,
fitness center and storage units. Robert Bach, the name
of the agent listed on the project, requested that city
officials consider vacating their rights to all or part
of the Franklin Street roadway to accommodate the
don’t have anything picked out as far as what would go
there,” Bach said in November. “It is a prominent
location, but it is not a place you would have a
is referring to the parcel south of the former brewery,
which would also be part of the developer’s control.
would not be in favor of it as a concept,” Member Jed
Dolnick said in November. “There are few things. It may
be comparable to Auxiliary Court and Regency, but those
buildings are not fronting on a major thoroughfare like
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 cookiecutter. It is broken up by
porches and windows, but we can do better than that.”
tempered his concerns after hearing what Bach provided
additional details about the future plans for the site,
but requested a more detailed rendering before he felt
comfortable with the redevelopment.