above rendering shows the landscaping that is planned
for the Arrabelle
development on Hamilton Road.
Rendering courtesy of HSI
CEDARBURG — The Arrabelle apartment building plans for
architecture, lighting and landscaping, along with a few
other necessary items, received unanimous approval at
last week’s Cedarburg Plan Commission meeting.
plans being presented are consistent with site plan and
do need Plan Commission approval,” said City Planner Jon
Censky. “The Certified Survey Map and the Development
Agreement are simply recommendations that you are making
to the Common Council.”
W. DeRosa of HSI Development, along with project
architect Eric Carmen, noted that a number of minor
changes and clarifications were made in response to city
input, including a change to internal garbage rooms.
comprehensive discussion of the landscaping plan
followed, with Jim Kemp of La Rosa Landscape Company
noting that the plan is to leave much of the existing
landscaping intact, whenever possible.
“We’re including a good diversity of trees; in the past,
cities have planted too many ash and we’ve seen what
happened because of that,” he said. “Eventually, off of
the Hamilton Road building, there will be a higher
canopy of maple trees.”
described the planting in front of the townhomes as very
“garden-esque,” noting that the intent is to help the
project blend in with both the existing neighborhood and
Chris Roessler, a resident of Spring Street, questioned
whether the project plans could include privacy fencing
along the back of her property.
“There’s never really much traffic at night and the
privacy fences that are there were probably installed
about 30 years ago.” But occasionally, when cars are in
that parking lot, the headlights literally come right
into our living room through this gap; it’s like
something out of ‘Close Encounters.’ Not to make a joke
of it, but we assumed that with all the new traffic
coming through that something more than trees would be
According to the plan, three spruce trees were added to
address that particular concern.
trees, whether they are spruce trees or whatever will
hide the light from the headlights coming through,” she
said, noting that adding height would not stop the
problem. “We assumed it wouldn’t be incumbent on the
residents who live there to put something in.”
review of the plans showed that the existing footprint
is changing for this area of the development, which
would leave a buffer of grass adjacent to her lot where
a paved surface is now.
After discussion, the landscaping plan was approved with
minor changes to the plantings near Roessler’s property
and in the far southwest corner of the project.
for the lighting plan, Commissioner Greg Zimmerschied
asked that the developer look to see if there were other
parking lot lighting options that offered a design more
in keeping with the existing lamps in the area before
the plan was approved.
just suggesting a fixture that looks a little more
appropriate,” he said. “I like the fact this hides the
light. It’s not a deal buster or anything like that, but
I would like to make sure that we’ve done a thorough
search and there’s not a light fixture that provides the
same benefits with a little more appropriate look.”
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