Panel backs rezoning Fracaro’s site, tables development proposal

By Cara Spoto

Dec. 16, 2018

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 plan.

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.