WAUKESHA — A redevelopment project for a former strip mall site, and a collection of other properties across the street from City Hall, 201 Delafield St., could in the works as early as Thursday.
After a year of prepping the properties, debating their best use, and hearing from developers and real estate experts, both the city’s Redevelopment Authority and the Common Council are scheduled to cast possible votes next week selecting a firm to redevelop the land.
Proposals The boards will be choosing from proposals from three different developers, all three of which call for residential and/or mixeduse residential developments that would utilize the 3.38-acre collection of properties as well as the 1.54- acre site where the City Hall Annex building now sits.
Home to the city’s Department of Public Works, the annex building will no longer be needed when the new City Hall building is completed in 2021. A proposal from Horizon Development and the Luther Group focuses primarily on the 3.38 acres directly across the street from City Hall, 201 Delafield St., pitching an 80-unit senior housing project with 7,500 square feet of commercial space.
Kenosha-based Bear Development is proposing what it is calling a “multigenerational” housing development featuring a 69- unit, 4-story mixed-use and mixed-income senior housing building, along with 18 townhomes for individuals and families.
And in its proposal, Berg Management offers two possibilities for utilizing the strip mall and City Hall Annex properties: a plan for 66 townhomes or a plan for 44 townhomes and two apartment buildings that together would contain a total of 56 units.
Unlike the proposal from Bear and Horizon, both the townhomes and apartments would be designed for market- rate or “mid-range” owners or renters. The city’s Redevelopment Authority (RDA) is slated to recommend its preferred project to the Common Council after hearing developer presentations when it meets at 6 p.m. on Monday evening at City Hall. The Common Council is expected to vote on its preferred project when it meets at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at City Hall.
Storage ordinance, etc. That same night the Common Council is also expected to have its third and final reading of a proposed storage ordinance that would create rules for what can be stored in front, back and side lawns in residential areas of the city.
In other items, the Building and Grounds Committee is slated to continue its discussion of whether the city wants to revisit its current conceal carry policy at City Hall, given the construction of a new building. Alderwoman Kathleen Cummings suggested the city revisit the policy since, like the current building, the new City Hall will not have metal detectors.
The Building and Grounds Committee meets at 7 p.m. on Monday at City Hall. At the Landmarks Commission, which meets at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at City Hall, members are slated to select winners for its Landmarks Commission Awards.