Prospect Hill School in New Berlin.
BERLIN — After a developer’s preliminary plan to build a
commercial space and storage facility on the Prospect
Hill Elementary School property was opposed at a public
hearing last month, city officials are waiting to hear
if the plan will move forward.
VentureSpace, LLC Mike Frede said he hasn’t decided whether the
company will proceed with steps toward developing the land, or sell
communicated with the city and we are not quite sure how we want to
proceed,” Frede said. “We need to make a financial decision and we
just haven’t made that yet.”
Frede proposed a
plan to raze the school and build self-storage and a business
condominium in its place, but residents living near the land
strongly opposed his concept both times he brought it forward in the
“I think the
biggest thing was that they were concerned this could create a
business park,” said Mayor Dave Ament after the most recent hearing.
“They didn’t like the density, there were too many units, and they
were uncomfortable that the questions and answers were vague at this
point about where the entrance would be.”
Since the public
hearing, Ament has told Frede that he must address the residents’
concerns and come back with a plan that’s more “palatable,” with
changes to the number of units and specific information about
property setbacks and screening on the parcel, sandwiched between
Racine Avenue and National Avenue.
“If we think
it’s good enough, we will hold another public information meeting,”
Ament said. “We don’t want to have them spend money on design only
for it to be shot down.”
not knowing how the company will proceed, Frede said they are not
under any amount of pressure with pending deadlines.
don’t want to sit on it real long,” he said, adding that he may
still sell the property if meeting demands from the city and
residents is too difficult.