WAUKESHA — After several months
of discussion, a planned mixed-use project pitched for underused
land in the heart of Waukesha is moving forward after a pair of
pivotal votes Tuesday.
The Common Council gave the green light to rezone a 4.21-acre plot
of land at the southeast portion of East St. Paul Avenue and the
southwest portion of NW Barstow Street for a development dubbed The
The technical planned unit development, or PUD, designation was
needed for the project to move forward.
Additionally, aldermen approved a preliminary site plan and
architectural review linked to the project, which developer Campbell
Capital Group is spearheading. The project will consist of 186
apartments and 2,100 square feet of commercial space.
The votes cast Tuesday came on the heels of other decisions made
related to the project this past month, including approval of a
so-called term sheet. The document laid out all of the parameters of
the project, including a $1.5 million grant to Campbell at the time
construction commences and a $3.25 million grant as tax increment is
generated from the project.
The entire Reserve development is being divided into four lots, City
Planner Maria Pandazi said. The first and largest lot will consist
of the mixed-use project itself, which will also include commercial
space. “Lot 2 will be dedicated to the city as a small park with a
performance space that is a logical extension of the Riverwalk,”
Pandazi said. “Lot 3 will be sold for future development. Lot 4 will
also be donated to the city for future redevelopment opportunities.”
Aldermen voted unanimously in favor of the actual rezoning of the
property, but there was dissension with the second vote taken up
related to the project.
Alderwoman Kathleen Cummings said she was disappointed the housing
units pitched for The Reserve were apartments. She said she would
have preferred at least a fraction of the units to be delineated for
“Owner occupied, most of the time, is the better way,” Cummings
But Alderwoman Elizabeth Moltzan said she was comfortable with the
proposed scope of the project as it was presented.
“The developer has done their market study, and I think we should
support it,” Moltzan said.
City settles ‘excessive assessment’ lawsuit with Woodman’s
The council on Tuesday also voted in favor of settling a lawsuit
between the city and Woodman’s Real Estate Market Inc. concerning
land assessments made at the grocer’s store at 1600 E. Main St.
Terms of the agreement call on the city refunding Woodman’s
$33,294.19 for payments made in tax years 2017 and 2018. The city
needs to give Woodman’s the refund by Sept. 1.
In a memo, City Attorney Brian Running said the settlement impacts
the main store, in addition to the ancillary gas station and
convenience store. Woodman’s suit against the city claimed values on
the parcels should have been $14 million for the main store and $1
million for the convenience store. The city’s assessments, by
contrast, were $15.13 million for the main store and $1.46 million
for the convenience store. The agreement, Running said, was reached
after an extensive process that included mediation.
“Each year, we are sued by several property owners,” Running said of
excessive assessment claims brought against the city.