officials are one step closer to jettisoning portions of the right
of way in the northeastern part of the city, clearing one hurdle to
allow future development at the location.
Members of the
Plan Commission voted to approve a measure during Wednesday’s
meeting, recommending that council members vacate Franklin Street
and a portion of North Main Street near West Washington Street in
reaction to a request from a developer.
evaluated the request for the vacation of these two areas and has
concluded that Franklin Street can appropriately be vacated since it
doesn’t provide any additional public purposes besides providing
access to the northern lot, and also the lot directly to the south,”
Business and Development Planner James Reinke said.
concluded that part of North Main Street near the former brewery,
which serves as a parking lot, can also be vacated by the property.
“Staff feels a
portion of that right of way would be better suited for
redevelopment with the properties to the east,” Reinke said.
The measure to
vacate the lots was introduced during the Dec. 18 Common Council
meeting when officials voted to refer the matter to Plan Commission.
According to the accompanying memo Reinke sent to council members,
the proposal would foster the development of land to the north and
development proposals surrounding the former brewery have been
discussed at Plan Commission and Common Council. At the same Dec. 18
meeting, members approved to modify how the two-acre site is zoned,
from a general warehouse and business district to one that is mixed
use. The area would maintain its designation as a floodway.
proposal was brought before Plan Commission members during the
December meeting and members agreed with the proposition.
members also spoke with the developer, Robert Bach, during the
November meeting, providing their input regarding the development
Bach and his
colleagues plan to renovate the location to accommodate a
multi-family housing complex that will have 99 units consisting of
one, two and three bedroom-style apartments. The facility will
feature some common areas such as a community room, fitness center
and storage units.
It was at that
meeting when Bach made his request that city officials vacate
portions of the location.
“We don’t have
anything picked out as far as what would go there,” Bach said during
the November meeting. “It is a prominent location, but it is not a
place you would have a Walgreens.”
passage, the next step is a public hearing at a future Common
Council meeting to gauge the public’s reaction to the proposal.