GRAFTON — Local developer Robert
Tillmann is onto his third Grafton development in barely a year,
looking to build 18 townhomes at Hickory Street and North Green Bay
Tillmann’s concept plan for the development – three three-story
buildings containing six townhomes each – passed Plan Commission
scrutiny last week, and the Village Board this week approved
rezoning the property to allow multifamily development. While more
approvals will be needed before work begins on the site, such as
final site plans and permits, the village expects that will be
accomplished this year.
“Construction is planned for later this year,” Director of Community
Development Jessica Wolff said at the Plan Commission meeting.
According to development documents submitted to the village, the
townhome development will be built at the southwest corner of North
Green Bay Road and Hickory Street. Each building will have 15,600
square feet of floor space, and each unit will have a two-car garage
and a private entrance.
Just down the road, Tillmann also has an apartment development in
the works for the intersection of Hickory Street and Ninth Avenue.
Both of the developments are on infill sites – parcels the village
has specifically targeted for development or redevelopment due to
being long-vacant or in deteriorating condition, infill sites are
often given flexible zoning to encourage development.
Tillmann first brought the apartments forward last August.
Several months earlier, he jumpstarted the Blue Stem subdivision
development after it lay dormant 13 years. Blue Stem is slated to
have 118 single family homes built in four phases. Adding to that
the 18 townhomes and the apartment complex, which current
documents show have 24 units, Tillmann is planning to add 160
dwelling units to the village of Grafton.
Tillmann did not respond to a request for comment on his
The site for the townhome development is 2.3 acres.
“It is currently undeveloped, and it contains 0.09 acres of wooded
wetland,” Wolff said.
Access to the townhomes is planned via Hickory Street. The Plan
Commission briefly discussed whether the driveway location was far
enough from the intersection, or if traffic would back up at the
stop sign and block the driveway.
Village Engineer and Public Works Director Amber Thomas said RA
Smith, the engineering firm working on the project, had given
preliminary traffic counts. They show that that during high-traffic
times, as many as five cars sometimes back up on Hickory Street,
which would not interfere with the driveway.
“Being in that area a lot, that’s probably a pretty good look at it,
but moving forward we will ask for more (detailed analysis),” Thomas
said. The development site is immediately south of the village
Municipal Services Facility.
The townhomes are otherwise surrounded by town residential to the
east, a village home to the south and village multifamily
developments to the south and west. It is also near the Ozaukee
In addition to Tillmann’s residential development plans, the village
of Grafton has a 110 single- family-home subdivision off Port
Washington Road and six townhomes in the Lumberyard 1505 development
moving through approvals.