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Downtown Waukesha Apartment Project Returns to Plan Commission

Developers of Prairieville Apartments seek final approval for a 22-unit apartment building that Mayor Jeff Scrima described as "flat" and "boring."

Downtown Waukesha could be gaining a 22-unit apartment building.

Prairieville Apartments are planned for 831 N. Grand Ave., with two stories being added to the one-story parking garage currently at the location.

Rental prices for the apartments were estimated in July at $850 for a one-bedroom unit and $1,100 for a two-bedroom unit.

Mayor Jeff Scrima was opposed to the project when it gained preliminary plan approval in July, calling the architectural design “flat” and “boring.” The mayor said at the July Plan Commission meeting he would prefer to see the property utilized as a banquet hall or green space.

“We need to be selective when we say ‘Yes’ to apartment projects in this city,” Scrima said in July. “We don’t have to say ‘Yes’ to every one that comes along. … I don’t see that this would be an asset to the downtown in the long run.”

The Waukesha Plan Commission will take up the final approval at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Waukesha Girl March 11, 2013 at 09:14 PM
how about some AFFORDABLE apartments in Waukesha. $1,100 a month for a two bedroom apartment in insane! These apartments will remain EMPTY like half of the other overpriced apartments in Waukesha.
Born Free March 12, 2013 at 02:36 PM
What's worse for a city then another one story structure that is utilized 30-40% of the time that generates minimum collectable city property taxes? ANSWER: A long term liability like a government owned tax payer supported 'green space' generating NO taxes! Unless the EXPO CENTER has been torn down there's already plenty of 'banquet hall' space available with an airport within walking distance of it too. Something definetly wrong with a Mayor's brain who can't tell the difference between an asset and a liability. He needs to get out of his box and visit the River Front and various other 'green spaces' already in there in the city. In my opinion, a better alternative to an apartment complex in a city like Waukesha would be an up-scale land mark type grand hotel (with under ground parking) that would fit the existing historic theme seen in and around the downtown area. Some people just have NO vision!
George Bailey March 12, 2013 at 05:27 PM
Now wait...now listen...now listen to me. I beg of you not to do this thing. If Potter gets hold of this Building and Loan... there'll never be another decent house built in this town. He's already got charge of the bank... He's got the bus line. He's got the department stores. And now he's after us. Why? Well, it's very simple. Because we're cutting in on his business, that's why. And because he wants to keep you living in his slums and paying the kind of rent he decides. Joe, you lived in one of his houses, didn't you? Well, have you forgotten? Have you forgotten what he charged you for that broken-down shack? Here, Ed. You know, you remember last year when things weren't going so well, and you couldn't make your payments. You didn't lose your house, did you? Do you think Potter would have let you keep it? Can't you understand what's happening here? Don't you see what's happening? Potter isn't selling. Potter's buying! And why? Because we're panicky and he's not. That's why. He's picking up some bargains. Now, we can get through this thing all right. We've got to stick together, though. We've got to have faith in each other.

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