Redevelopment Authority could finalize RFP for Delafield Street strip mall site

By CARA SPOTO

Jan. 26, 2019

WAUKESHA — In what is shaping up to be a slow period at City Hall next week, the one committee slated to take some notable action is the city’s Redevelopment Authority.

When the committee, also referred to as the RDA, meets at 6 p.m. on Monday at City Hall, 201 Delafield St., it is slated to review and possibly approve a final “request for proposals” or RFP for a 3.38-acre collection of city-owned properties across from City Hall on Delafield Street.

The city purchased the properties — an empty strip mall at 200 Delafield St., a vacant parcel and an auto repair shop at 318 Delafield St. — last March for $550,000 in hopes of redeveloping the land.

The strip mall was demolished this fall. In a “request for expressions of interest” or RFEI issued in April, the city asked developers to submit ideas and concepts that would enhance the land, which it described as the “Delafield Street gateway into downtown.”

Reviewing the five concepts submitted by developers in October — all of them residential in nature — aldermen largely favored two proposals that called for apartment high-rises, including one project envisioned as senior-only housing.

Since then, the city’s Community Development Department has been working on a draft RFP for would be developers seeking proposals for residential or mixed-use residential developments that could include a mix of different types of residential development and ownership proposals.

When the RDA meets on Monday it will review the latest draft of that proposal.