Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Broadway Commons would consist of six buildings if approved by the Waukesha Plan Commission. Construction is planned for spring 2013.
A Waukesha County realty company is looking to build a 224-unit apartment complex on the east side of Waukesha. The Broadway Commons would be located at 1910 E. Broadway, northeast of the Highway 164 and East Broadway intersection. The Waukesha Plan Commission is being asked by Morgenson Realty Company to approve the conceptual plans for the housing complex during its meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. The project includes four 19,185-square-foot 50-unit buildings, two 9,900-square-foot 12-unit buildings and a 2,734-square-foot clubhouse, according to a project proposal submitted to the City of Waukesha Department of Community Development. The apartments will be two bedroom, one bedroom and efficiency units. The 50-unit buildings will have …
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Bernie Juno, executive director of non-profit housing organization, was surprised with opposition to apartment building proposal on Summit Ave. Mayor Jeff Scrima spoke out against the buildings, saying it would set "bad precedent."
Bernie Juno, executive director for Hebron House of Hospitality, was "disappointed" to learn the Waukesha Plan Commission held off on approving the housing organization’s plans for one-bedroom apartments at 620 Summit Ave. The two four-unit apartments are designed for single individuals who have demonstrated they have the independence to live on their own. Hebron House of Hospitality, which helps keep homeless families, men and women off the streets, views the apartments as a permanent housing solution. “I am pretty surprised at the outcome,” said Juno, who was not present at the meeting Wednesday night where the decision was made. Hebron House first brought forward plans for the apartments, which The Business Journal described as “for …
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Coolidge Avenue apartment plans were placed on hold Wednesday night during the Waukesha Plan Commission meeting.
Boucher will be adding 18 service bays when it expands its building at 1610 Manhattan Drive by 9,708 square feet for a service center. The Waukesha Plan Commission approved the preliminary plans for the addition Wednesday night. The car dealership will have to return to the Plan Commission with final plans, including additional details about landscaping and dumpsters. In other Plan Commission news, a proposal for a new 12-unit building to replace the apartments at 343 Coolidge Ave. that were destroyed in a fire was placed on hold. No one was injured in the April fire, thanks to alert residents living in the building.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Waukesha Mayor Jeff Scrima voted against the proposal after he described the building's design "flat" and "boring."
Despite Mayor Jeff Scrima calling the architectural design “flat” and “boring,” preliminary plans for the 22-unit Prairieville Apartments in downtown Waukesha was approved Wednesday night by the Plan Commission. Scrima was the only commissioner to vote against the plan to add two stories to the existing one-story parking structure at 831 N. Grand Ave. The plans for the apartment building include two retail spaces on the first floor. Scrima wasn’t pleased with the retail spaces, citing empty storefronts on South Street and North Grand Avenue. “I am not sure that adding more retail boxes there would be the highest and best use as we have vacancies in that area,” Scrima said. The discussion started to get a little testy as Scrima said he felt…
Monday, July 9, 2012
A skywalk is proposed to connect two buildings at North Grand Avenue and South Street.
A proposal for a 22-unit apartment building with a skywalk in downtown Waukesha is going before the Plan Commission at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Prairieville Apartments is being proposed by local developer Alan Huelsman. The apartment building would be located at 831 N. Grand Ave., after adding two stories to the existing building that is currently a private parking garage. In addition to changing the building from one to three stories, the proposal also includes changes to the façade, two retail spaces and a skywalk to connect the expanded development to the building across South Street, according to Community Development Specialist Jennifer Andrews.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Proposal still has to go before the Waukesha Common Council but city staff has concerns about disrupting a stable residential neighborhood.
After city staff and neighbors opposed a request to annex five residential properties into the City of Waukesha to make way for Walgreens and Aldi at southwest corner of Sunset Drive and Genesee Road, the proposal was shot down by the commission Wednesday night. The annexation proposal, which would move five properties from the Town of Waukesha to the City of Waukesha, still needs to go before the Common Council. City staff is recommending against the annexation. Walgreens, and more recently Aldi, has been in a battle for years in its efforts to raze the residential units and develop the site. After receiving denials from the Town of Waukesha, the developers are attempting to annex the property because they prefer the location. Mayor Jeff …
Thursday, May 10, 2012
With the Waukesha Fire Department's move to its new fire station on Pearl Street, the property on Stardust Drive is eyed for stormwater mitigation. But one alderman wants the property sold.
Waukesha’s former Fire Station No. 2 has sat vacant at 1701 Stardust Drive after the firefighters moved into the new station on Pearl Street in December. Now at least one alderman wants to see the vacant building sold. Alderman Roger Patton thinks the property is ideal for real estate or a day care center complete with “a jungle gym like McDonald’s.” “I think it is a valuable asset that the city has that could be rezoned and sold,” Patton told the Plan Commission Wednesday night. Patton may have to wait. City procedure for property sales is to first examine if there is a need by other city departments for the vacant property. The Public Works Department would like to research the possibility of using the property for stormwater mitigation…
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Orange Leaf, a frozen yogurt business, will come to retail area as part of the first phase of the development in Waukesha.
An expansion for The Shoppes at Fox River retail development on Sunset Drive received final plan approval by the Waukesha Plan Commission on Wednesday. The expansion is for a multi-tenant building that is 74,000 square feet. The plans also call for 340 parking spaces. Other businesses that have located to The Shoppes at Fox River include Buffalo Wild Wings, Noodles & Co. and Target. Orange Leaf, a frozen yogurt store, will soon come to the shopping complex as part of phase one of the development. When the Plan Commission approved the preliminary plans for the second phase of the project, the developers, Opus Development Corporation, announced that the businesses that will locate in the multi-tenant building will include women’s fashion …
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Owner of proposed Thumpers Sports Bar says he has no plans to turn the future bar into a strip club or adult-entertainment business.
A proposed tennis table sports bar on the east side of Waukesha remain on hold while some Plan Commission members question if the bar owner plans to turn the bar into an adult-entertainment establishment. Thumpers Sports Bar is proposed to be modeled after Spin, a popular table tennis restaurant and bar in downtown Milwaukee. Thumpers owner Chaz Hastings operates other bars and told Waukesha Patch after the meeting that he does not plan on turning Thumpers Sports Bar into a strip club or into adult entertainment, despite the possibility being alluded to several times during the meeting by some members on the Plan Commission. Plan Commissioner Kevin Larson wanted to change the zoning of the land at Lincoln Avenue and Highway 164 from a …
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Waukesha Plan Commission unanimously approved preliminary plans for second phase of Opus Development Corporation project.
Editor's Note: This story has been updated to reflect a new name for the Opus Development Corporation. It previously said Opus North, which changed its name to Opus Development Corporation in 2010. New stores that are related to women’s fashion could soon be located in The Shoppes at Fox River, according to a top executive with the firm developing the site on Sunset Drive. Businesses like Buffalo Wild Wings, Noodles & Co. and Target are already located in the complex. Some of the new businesses looking to locate in Waukesha already have stores in Milwaukee, according to John Meyers, vice president of real estate for Opus Development Corporation, the firm developing the project. “We have been able to secure a number of tenants that are …