are in store for the next phase of the Lumberyard 1505
development in downtown Grafton. The site already
includes apartments as well as a coffee shop and dry
cleaners. Sahale Ale Works brewery is expected to open
in summer 2019.
Image courtesy of the
village of Grafton
GRAFTON — The Lumberyard development continues to lumber
forward, as the development has entered the first stages
of another phase.
The Grafton Plan Commission last week took up several
items to pave the way for Lumberyard 1505’s third phase,
which is set to be a townhome building with six units.
Plans submitted to the village show a three-story
building. The ground floor is garages – each unit will
have its own – and the first and second floor are the
Design plans show each of the six townhomes will be
two-story spaces. The exterior of the building continues
the colors and design of the rest of the Lumberyard
There was not a great deal of discussion on the
Lumberyard during last week’s Plan Commission meeting.
Community Development Director Jessica Wolff said the
Plan Commission was amenable to the townhomes.
The townhomes are a slight change from initial plans,
when the Lumberyard 1505 development was originally
proposed several years ago. Because of the change,
Fiduciary Real Estate – which runs the Lumberyard
complex that already has apartments and the commercial
spaces on the first floor – had to come to Plan
Lumberyard 1505 is in a planned unit development, which
creates a specific set of zoning rules for the property
rather than just the underlying zoning.
“The initial concept plan showed an outline for an
office building,” Wolff said.
Wolff noted last week that the office building idea was
never formalized or detailed, but just a concept when
the development and its design began. The lot it’s being
built on is turning out to not be suitable, Fiduciary
changed over to a smaller-scale townhome.
“The issue is the lot is really too small to accommodate
a significant office development, so the Plan Commission
supported the change,” Wolff said.
The Plan Commission approved amending the planned unit
development to allow townhomes on the property, as well
as approving the conditional use permit for residential
units and the site plan for the building. The planned
unit development amendment will have to go forward to
Village Board for final approval, which is scheduled for
The townhomes will be rented units. According to the
information Fiduciary submitted to the village, they do
not have a solid timeline for when construction will
begin on the third phase, though they intend to be
finished and prepared to open in fall of 2020.
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