city of Waukesha has made an offer to purchase a long-vacant
strip mall at 200 Delafield St. The property sits directly
across from City Hall.
— The city of Waukesha has made an offer to purchase the
long-blighted, vacant strip mall across from City Hall.
offer, which is not yet final, calls for the city to purchase
roughly 3.3 acres of land directly across from City Hall on
Delafield Street for $550,000. The property includes the vacant
strip mall at 200 Delafield Ave., a vacant parcel behind that
building, and a property at 318 Delafield St. that is currently
home to an auto shop.
part of a package from the property owner,” Community
Development Director Jennifer Andrews said Friday of the
arrangement. “They want to sell them all together.” The
Redevelopment Authority has been eyeing the strip mall property
for redevelopment for more than six years, Andrews said.
its current state the property generates very little property tax
revenue. With a residential or mixed-use development at the site,
the tax revenue the city collects from the property could increase
we did our central city master plan in 2012 we actually had a
specific plan drawn up for the site, because even at that time we
thought the site was ripe for
redevelopment,” Andrews noted.
presented the details of the city’s offer to the Plan Commission
earlier this week, but before the Common Council makes a decision
on whether to officially purchase the property, which could happen
next month, city staff will be doing their final inspections.
council gave staff permission to make an offer on the property
during a closed session meeting last year, Andrews said.
the city does end up purchasing the property, city development
approach aldermen and Redevelopment Authority members with a plan
for demolishing the buildings on the site and then marketing the
land to developers.
one point the city had contemplated using the site for a new City
Hall, but aldermen recently decided
that any reconstruction of, or improvements to, City Hall would
take place on the hall’s existing site.
we do acquire this property it could spur another discussion about
that, but that is not really the reason we are buying it. Really,
the initial impetus for buying (the property) was its condition
and declining property value,” Andrews said.