Jay Pruett cleans the snow and ice off the sidewalks on
Wednesday morning outside his business on North Main
Street near Franklin Street in West Bend. “If it goes
through, I’ll need to either move or find a new place to
work,” Pruett said about the potential of a developer
transforming the old brewery, which is two stores down
from Pruett’s Floor Covering, into an apartment complex.
Pruett’s Floor Covering has been in the location on
North Main Street for 11 years.
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Bend officials will abdicate their responsibility for
the public right of way near the former brewery to
accommodate development projects in the area.
Members of the Common Council voted to approve a
preliminary resolution during the Feb. 5 meeting,
agreeing with the development staff’s recommendation to
vacate all of Franklin Street and a portion of Main
Street north of West Washington Street, leaving it for a
developer to renovate along with the brewery.
idea of this is to vacate the two portions to facilitate
the development of the lands to the east of this,”
Development Director Mark Piotrowicz said. “It was done
at the request of the developer of that proposed site.”
According to the memo drafted by James Reinke, the
city’s business and development planner, the vacation
proposal requires two resolutions. The first introduces
the plan and establishes a public hearing to solicit the
public’s feedback. The date for the hearing is set for
second addresses the vacation.
Aside from the public hearing, the resolution will also
be brought to Plan Commission members to obtain their
Should the vacation proposal be approved, ownership of
Franklin Street will revert to WB Brewery building and
We Energies, and Main Street would be available for a
transfer of ownership.
officials have voted on a couple of measures related to
the development project. Representatives from P2
Development introduced the plan during the Plan
Commission meeting in November when they unveiled the
concept plan for the site.
According to Reinke, developers proposed transforming
the former brewery site into a three story, multi-family
residential complex. The structure includes 99 housing
units of one, two and three bedroom-style apartments,
along with community rooms and storage units.
Plan Commission members expressed their concerns
regarding the project. Jed Dolnick had problems with the
design but added he would reserve judgement on the
project until all the details were revealed.
Meanwhile, city officials elected to move forward with
other aspects of the project, such as a zoning amendment
to accommodate the development. Plan Commission members
approved the proposal during December, while aldermen
and Mayor Kraig Sadownikow addressed it at the Dec. 18
Common Council session.
part of the project, developer Robert Bach and his
colleagues want city officials to vacate Franklin Street
and part of Main Street located near the development
site to supplement the building amenities.
don’t have anything picked out as far as what would go
there,” Bach said during the November Plan Commission
meeting. “It is a prominent location, but it is not a
place you would have a Walgreens.”
development officials have introduced several proposals
between Plan Commission and Common Council to adhere to
state regulations for vacating property.
process began Dec. 18 when Common Council members
referred the matter to Plan Commission. According to
state statute, council requires a recommendation from
commission members to move forward with the proposal.
measure passed Commission during the January meeting and
was forwarded to Council during the Feb. 5 meeting.
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