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Controversial Affordable Housing Development Plans Irk Commission

The Waukesha Plan Commission told developers in January 2012 they supported the project but requested several changes – changes that weren't included in the final plans.

A controversial affordable housing apartment project and a memory care facility is again on hold after Waukesha Plan Commission members were unhappy that the proposal came back without addressing issues of architecture, landscaping, lighting and the location of a playground.

The Plan Commission unanimously tabled the request for final plan approval Wednesday night, cleared annoyed that the problems pointed out at the preliminary approval in January were not addressed.

MSP Development Co. is looking to build a 70-unit apartment complex and a 36-unit memory care facility on vacant land along Meadow Lane and Willowood Drive. The plans have been met with opposition from the neighbors since its inception.

No neighbors were present Wednesday, but that didn't keep the project from coming to a halt.

Commissioners urged a representative with MSP to change the plans and to come back with what was discussed a year ago. The representative explained the architecture hadn’t changed for the memory care facility because the company hadn’t maintained its brand.

Commissioner Kevin Larson said he was in favor of the plan last year but he also was frustrated that the plans didn’t change much after a year.

“Now you are on a slippery slope,” Larson warned.

“He knew it was a controversial project and he had the support,” Larson said earlier in the meeting. “It erodes the authority of the Plan Commission, it erodes the authority of the Common Council, it erodes the authority of the mayor, it erodes the authority of the staff.”

michelle January 24, 2013 at 10:32 AM
We don't need anymore apartments
Solinari January 24, 2013 at 02:30 PM
Affordable housing? So more idiots from Milwaukee can move in and make our city worse? There are already far too many here, and now you'll ruin another section of the city?! No. If you can't afford to live here, too bad. Go to school and get a better job.
Erik Helgestad January 24, 2013 at 04:07 PM
Does anyone know what the city's current vacancy rate is for apartments? I wonder if it can be determined how many available fit in the terms of 'affordable' housing. I honestly don't have an opinion either way, but knowing where the city sits on those two factors would help illuminate/inform people.
Bill Culver January 24, 2013 at 07:43 PM
Mr. Memmel is absolutely correct. We don't need more "affordable housing". There is no rule against living here. Those of us that do, and pay our own way, expect others to do the same. The reality is that markets will adjust over time.
Mr Lundt January 25, 2013 at 12:16 PM
The company had not done anything in a year because they had not " maintained its brand" Shifty and slimy -- just don't do any business with them.
Me February 06, 2013 at 05:59 AM
So, I am guessing that you are a life long resident of the City of Waukesha. You can afford to live here, on your own, without taxpayer dollars affording you the opportunity to live here. And, you have gone to school and have a better job. If not, you may want to rethink your post.

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