The view of the
proposed WaterView Condominiums from Lake Road. The
building on the left is a 3,800-square-foot condo with
three bedrooms, three full bathrooms and two half
bathrooms. On the right is a 25,000-square-foot,
Rendering courtesy of Jason
OCONOMOWOC — Renner Architects, the developer behind
plans that would place a condominium project at the
517 Lake Road site, has submitted updated plans
to be reviewed at the Architectural Commission meeting
at 5 p.m. Wednesday in City Hall, 174. E Wisconsin Ave.
The project, WaterView Condominiums, was highly
contested when it was proposed in the fall of 2017,
resulting in thousands of signatures from citizens and
over 3,000 letters sent to City Hall.
Renner Architects founder Peter Renner said the project
was reduced from 13 units to nine with the new plans.
“We made it look very historic and Victorian at the
city’s request,” Renner said. “They wanted a big
historic roof on the building so we went from three
stories to two stories.”
WaterView Condominiums would consist of one
3,800-square-foot condo with three bedrooms, three full
bathrooms and two half bathrooms — in addition to a
25,000-square-foot, eightunit building.
The site is located between the city’s two crown jewels,
Lac La Belle and Fowler Lake; and is a part of the
city’s Isthmus District. The city has strict regulations
of what can be built there and what can’t, Oconomowoc
Mayor David Nold said.
David Cullinane, executive director of the Isthmus
Historic Protection Society, which aims to preserve the
city’s architecture, culture and neighborhood, said
homes have populated that strip of land since the turn
of the 20th century.
“Zoning was put in place to protect the homes that are
here from outside development pressures that tend to
destroy the architectural culture and history of the
city,” Cullinane said.
“This particular home site was the first site registered
The site is also along the city’s historic walking
“When we took polls there, about one out of four people
did not live in the city,” Cullinane said. “They came to
walk around the trail and go downtown to spend money and
spend time in an architecturally historic neighborhood.”
Cullinane said he is looking for a strong show of
citizens speaking against the proposal at the
commission’s meeting on Wednesday, When asked how he
would handle the commission’s disapproval of the
previous set of plans, Renner said the commission will
have to look at the new renderings to see if they’ll
still dislike it. Renner added he spoke with a neighbor
on Friday who said they approved of the new renderings.
“If we build them I think they are going to be the
highest quality condominiums in Lake Country,” he said.
Cullinane said he feels there are appropriate areas for
further condo expansion on Wisconsin Avenue that don’t
destroy individual neighborhoods for oversized,
“We’re not against development, we’re against destroying
residential neighborhoods,” Cullinane said. “There’s a
lot of people that are absolutely interested in keeping
this city preserved in at least some areas.
“We get the downtown piece, we understand that, but
we’re just trying to protect our neighborhoods.”