A rendering of the
condo development proposed for land near the northwest
corner of East Main Street and Perkins Avenue.
Courtesy of Waukesha Plan
WAUKESHA — A local developer is hoping to transform a
vacant patch of land near the northwest corner of East
Main Street and Perkins Avenue into a six-condo
Under a site plan — backed 5-0 by the Plan Commission on
Wednesday night — the 1,450-1,650square-foot units would
each be two stories high, and have three bedrooms and a
one-car, attached garage.
of the side-by-side apartments would be located in one
standalone building about half a mile west of the
Woodman’s store. They would face Main Street.
driveways and garages would be located behind the units,
with access to the site coming from an alley off Perkins
existing, adjacent parking lot would be removed, and
sidewalks would be extended around the development onto
Perkins Avenue, Jeff Fortin, a city planner, said
“They’ve pitched the roof lines up a little bit to kind
of break it up.
almost functions as three, side-by-side duplex units,”
Fortin said of the building’s townhouse-style design.
“Even though it is one building, it kind of gives the
appearance of having three different buildings. Each one
of them has a front porch, which we think is a nice
amenity, especially given the kind of traditional
neighborhood west of here.”
Larry Erlich, the chief executive officer of Waukesha
Iron & Metal who owns the property, said Wednesday that
he bought the site a few years back and had been looking
to redevelop it.
commission’s discussion of the plan was largely positive,
but Commissioner R.G. Keller urged planners and the
architect working with Erlich to make sure storage and
trash needs are thoroughly addressed so clutter or
parking issues don’t become problems at the location.
Under the Planned Unit Development or PUD developed for
the project, the setbacks would be 19 feet. That’s
slightly smaller than the 25-foot setbacks typically
required in multifamily residential zoning, but Fortin
said the reduction would allow additional room for
surface parking to be located behind the buildings. It
would also result in the building being closer to the
street, which would be in line with residences to the
west that have similarly reduced setbacks.
Common Council could vote on the proposal on Tuesday.