WAUKESHA — The city of Waukesha
Plan Commission has backed a proposal to rezone the former Fracaro’s
Lanes property at 1430 White Rock Ave. for possible redevelopment as
an apartment complex.
Commissioners voted 6-0 this week to recommend that 1.4 acres of
land at the southwest corner of East Moreland Boulevard and White
Rock Avenue, as well as another 1.13 acres across the street on the
southeast corner of the intersection, be rezoned from “neighborhood
business” district to a “multifamily residential.”
But the panel held off on approving a conceptual plan for a 72-unit
apartment complex that sparked the rezoning request after several
residents, and commissioners, expressed concerns about the initial
Residents, about a half a dozen who spoke, largely had issues with
having such a dense development on an already problematic corner,
while commissioners thought that the complex concept was a bad fit.
“I’m at 808 (East Moreland Avenue) right across the street. There is
absolutely no way any of these cars can get out of their driveway if
there is a train,” said Kory Fleischmann, referencing cars belonging
to the tenants of the would-be development. “I don’t know why anyone
would think (a 72-unit development) would fit anywhere close to all
these single family homes.”
Although all residents who spoke expressed a general opposition to
having a multi-family development at the site, Community Development
Director Jennifer Andrews said that planners have looked at the
corner and determined that commercial and single- family
developments are no longer a good fit for the intersection.
Discussing the conceptual plan itself, commissioner R.G. Keller said
the plan presented didn’t seem urban enough, and suggested the
developer come back with a plan that called for less buildings.
In the end, the commission opted to table any action on a proposed
concept for the 2.5 acres.
The Common Council is slated to vote on the rezoning recommendation
on Jan. 2.