City panel reviews pair of condominium projects

By Dave Fidlin - Special to the Enterprise

Dec. 21, 2017

OCONOMOWOC — Plans for two condominium projects — one residential, the other commercial — are set to proceed in the city of Oconomowoc, following a panel’s recent series of decisions.

The Plan Commission on Dec. 13 discussed and reviewed plans for the multi-unit housing developments in different sections of the city. The Fowler Lake Terrace Condos are proposed at 515 E. Grove St., while VentureSpace Condominiums have been eyed for land at 1207-1229 Capitol Drive.

The Plan Commission approved major design review plans linked to the VentureSpace site. Commissioners’ stamp of approval was final and did not have to go before the Common Council this week for review.

The redevelopment project, along Capitol Drive and immediately west of Chaffee Road, sits on a 2.6acre parcel the Trainor Family Trust previously owned. Plans call for 11 commercial duplex buildings on the site.

In a letter to the city, Michael Frede of VentureSpace LLC described the condos as “customizable, multiuse spaces.” Frede also stated the units “are more cost-effective than renting similar commercial space and are offered in a size that is not available for purchase in the marketplace.”

VentureSpace’s duplex buildings are set to include two 1,500-square-foot units, each with an overhead man door.

Zoning Administrator Jason Gallo said commissioners’ action last week sets in motion plans to have VentureSpace plat out the entire 2.6-acre site and provide final details to the city in the months ahead.

The other condo site under review, along Fowler Lake, is smaller in scope and will be going back to commissioners for further review in January.

Plans have called for converting the existing single-family home on East Grove Street into a two-family duplex. Gallo said there are two pieces that need to be completed for the small condo site to proceed.

Commissioners required applicants Joseph and Karen Gosse and John Thomas to submit technical documents for the property in January, so the plat and a conditional-use plan for the site could be acted on at the same time.