Townhomes slated for Hickory Street

By Melanie Boyung

March 7, 2019

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 Avenue.

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 developments.

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 Interurban Trail.

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.