72-unit apartment complex proposed for Fracaro’s site
Four-building development would span both sides of White Rock Avenue

By Cara Spoto

Dec. 12, 2018

 This bird’s-eyeview rendering shows the layout of a 72-unit apartment complex proposed for the former Fracaro’s site at the southwest corner of East Moreland Boulevard and White Rock Avenue, with a 1.13-acre site across the street at the southeast corner of the intersection.
Rendering by Kahler Slater

WAUKESHA — A Kenosha developer is seeking to turn the former Fracaro’s Lanes site into a 72-unit apartment complex.

The proposal, which is slated to receive an  initial review at this evening’s Plan Commission meeting, calls for using 1.4 acres of land at the southwest corner of East Moreland Boulevard and White Rock Avenue for the development, as well as another 1.13 acres across the street on the southeast corner of the intersection.

It calls for constructing a total of four buildings — 12-unit and 27-unit buildings on the southwest corner, and 21-unit and 12unit buildings on the southeast site. All told, there would be 33 one-bedroom units, 27 two-bedroom units and 12 three-bedroom units.

The project is the first major proposal pitched for the White Rock Avenue Redevelopment Corridor since a 37-acre tax increment finance district was created for the area in July.

The development would also include about 129 surface parking spaces and 11 garage stalls, according to a document submitted to the city by Bear Development.

Most of the land proposed for the development is vacant, but two homes off East Moreland Boulevard, near the train tracks, would have to be demolished to make room for the project as it currently stands.

When plan commissioners gather at 6:30 p.m. tonight at City Hall, 201 Delafield St., they’ll be asked to consider a request to rezone the roughly 2.5acre development site from a “neighborhood business” district to a “multi-family residential” district with a planned-unit development overlay, according to a staff memo.


Affordable units

Commissioners will also be asked to consider making an amendment to the city’s land use plan so that the project can move forward, and to give their blessing to a conceptual site plan. In a memo, planners note that more detailed site and architectural plans will be needed before commissioners can make a decision on a final site plan.

The memo also notes that Bear Development is planning to apply for low-income housing tax credits for the project, and would like for the property to be rezoned before making that request.

Asked if the development was designed to be low-income, Community Development Director Jennifer Andrews said simply that the developer was planning to have affordable units as part of the development.

Attempts to reach the developer to get further details were unsuccessful on Tuesday.


TIF funding?

Creating a TIF district for the White Rock area had initially been part of plans to construct a baseball stadium at Frame Park, but when those plans were abandoned in favor of pursuing a project at Mindiola Park, officials said they still planned to pursue redevelopment strategies for the corridor.

Andrews said Tuesday that the developer has indicated he would be making a request for TIF funding, but it is still unclear what that request might be.