Side-by-side condominiums are being proposed for a
horizontal parcel between Evergreen Boulevard and the
Ozaukee Interurban Trail, north of Pioneer Road in
Map courtesy of the city of
Should the last remaining industrial parcel in Cedarburg be rezoned
so that plans can move forward for a higher-end condominium project
or should it remain status quo until the city opens up more
available land in its new industrial park?
That was the
question that took over the discussion at Monday night’s Cedarburg
Plan Commission meeting.
Greg James was
before the commission for review of his planned 24-to-28-unit condo
complex off Evergreen Boulevard north of Pioneer Road, with
two-bedroom, two-bath condos likely to be sold for around $300,000.
Should the project move forward, it would require a rezoning of the
parcel from M-3 Industrial Park to Rd-1 Two-Family Residential.
“Maybe it’s time
we consider a different use for this property,” said Commissioner
“Maybe so or
maybe no,” said Commissioner Mark Burgoyne. “The industrial park on
Highway 60 won’t be ready for two to three years. If we had a
customer like (Kettle) Moraine Appliances who wanted to rebuild, we
would have nothing, no land to sell ... I think it’s a mistake. I
suggest we send this to the industrial development committee
(Community Development Authority) to see if they think it’s a good
The property has
been for sale for seven years and the current owner, Jim Doornek,
has failed to secure a buyer. However, when questioned by Burgoyne,
he noted that he had not been using the services of a broker or real
estate professional and had the property listed on his own via the
internet, which Burgoyne noted was economical, but not likely to get
the parcel much exposure.
we’ve had so far wouldn’t have fit within existing zoning – there’s
a fair amount of interest in warehousing, specifically mini
warehousing, but that’s specifically excluded (from allowable
uses),” Doornek added.
The shape of the
parcel – long and narrow – is not completely optimal for industrial
development. James’ condo development would require the construction
of a private road with a cul de sac at the interior of the parcel to
“If a developer
came in and wanted to buy the lots on Pioneer, all of a sudden you
have two or three lots,” said Burgoyne. “It costs money to develop
but this is not a dead lot by any means.”
member Jack Arnett, who happened to be in the audience and is a
member of the Community Development Authority, requested further
direction on how the Plan Commission wanted the project reviewed.
“If the city
doesn’t want to do anything with it, it’s a 30day delay,” said
Burgoyne. “I want the city to look at this first to see if it has
development potential. If they don’t want it, then let’s change the
comprehensive plan. … Our focus is not the individual owner or
developer; our focus is the best plan for Cedarburg.”
suggesting the city should consider buying the property? Condemn the
homes on Pioneer Road? Purchase land? Get in the redevelopment
business? I really think we need a little more direction on what you
want us to consider at the CDA,” said Arnett.
City Planner Jon
Censky cautioned the Plan Commission on the turn of the discussion.
“I hesitate that
the discussion involves any of these properties to the south as the
owners have no idea of what is happening here tonight,” he said.
noted that some of the homes on Pioneer Road are also located in the
town of Cedarburg.
Burgoyne noted that his interest in the review did extend beyond
this particular project.
“We should be
thinking of this for other vacant lands in Cedarburg that have been
sitting for 20, 30 years,” he said. “We need advice on what your
thinking is about this type of situation.”
The James condo
project was before the Commission for feedback and no action was
taken at the meeting.