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224-Unit Apartment Building Project Proposed for Waukesha

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 underground parking and the 12-unit buildings will have garages, which means there will be 236 covered spaces. An additional parking lot will have 242 spaces, according to the document.

The plans call for the first phase of the building to be constructed in spring 2013, which includes two 50-unit buildings, the 12-unit buildings and the clubhouse. The second and third phase of construction is dependent on build out and occupancy, the document states.

The vacant 19-acre property previously was owned by Bielinski Homes, according to The Business Journal.

Janet December 13, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Steve Edlund did not say that he is against all population increases period, therefore his comments are targeting a class of people and bigoted. Also the housing mix study recommendation which Edlund referenced was put together by Joan Francoeur, who comes off as stuck up and probably didn’t not want those people in her backyard, and was put together before the recession and housing crash. The people reading the Patch have probably themselves lived in an apartment, or have their loved ones - family or friends that live in apartments. Doesn’t everyone deserve quality housing?
Steve Edlund December 13, 2012 at 05:34 PM
"Janet", I would ask you to please tell me exactly what comment I made that referenced "a class of people" that leads you to slander me as a "bigot". Federal laws prohibit housing discrimination. A "bigot" would choose not to live in our community and wonderful city full of diversity and culture. The diversity and culture are exactly why I choose to live in the City of Waukesha.
D. Bag February 14, 2013 at 08:04 PM
Already, the PC thugs come out to decry anyone who disagrees with stretching the city's water resources further and can potentially devalue property for those who live nearby as "bigots", just as we expect them any time the existing citizens don't roll over for anything that benefits the underclass. I'm sorry, but unless you, Dan, want to guarantee that my property values that have already sunk won't be affected further, that crime won't increase, that my water bills won't go up as we push things further, then I don't buy into your PC bullying. That's right, you're the same kind of bully your ilk whines about. You view things that if I'm not looking out for someone else moreso than myself, it's inherently wrong, which is silly and childish. And, you resort to inferences of bigotry, name-calling, and essentially trying to slander anyone who doesn't agree with you even when logical arguments are put out. I'm willing to bet you're either someone who will profit from these projects, or, you live far enough away from them to where you won't be directly affected as some of us will be who live right by these spots that have been pitched for developement. It's easy to say "I don't care, it won't affect me and it will help someone else", but that's stupidly myopic, and shows your personal bias and your own bigotry toward those who don't agree with you. It's little reason this city is taking a turn for the worse these days.
justwant2comment February 26, 2013 at 01:34 PM
I don't know enough of the details about this project to comment on the specifics yet. However, other smaller scale projects have been ppd nearby, + have been denied, for really silly reasons, so I hope some equality in the decision making process will prevail here. Or if the Plan Comm approves this, that they reconsider approving other similar smaller scale projects nearby. That being said, in general, newer projects can be developed as sustainable thereby putting less stress on our resources (I didn't say none, I said less; being realisitic, we will not stop (re)development, if not residential, it will be commercial or industrial on that corner - it's been for sale at one time or another for at least 50 years or so), and the fact that there is a mix of two BR, one BR + efficiency units ppd in this particular project, with underground parking, garages, + a clubhouse generally speaks to a nicer development, + I would think the project would be a good fit for that area (you are NOT going to get a developer to build $350K+ houses on that corner), especially given the detailed level of review the Plan Comm usually gives most projects that come b4 them. continued....
justwant2comment February 26, 2013 at 01:40 PM
Continued: This type of development is one part of the "mix"; you can't always fit all types of uses in one project, nor would you want to. Each project should be evaluated on its own merits. That should be the job of the planners who make recommendations to the Plan Comm based on the ordinances. There is some retail N + S of this project, + industrial uses across 164 to the NW, + sg fam (and addl multi fam) across 164 to the SW. It's an area that needs some development, but I'm not sure how much more of a mix you want, there's even a cemetery, a church, + an undeveloped park in the immediate area! As for adding value to the economy, I think putting a shovel in the ground on a good project is what we want to get the economy going, don't we? And we can argue about taxes all day, but perhaps this project will draw other types of development to the area, which is what you want, but especially in these tough economic times, you have to start somewhere, and if it's a sound development, I'm not sure why we can't start with a residential project, again, as long as other projects ppd nearby are given similar consideration. Residential, no matter the type, is always going to cost us more in taxes than commercial or industrial development, but in all of these years no one has been able to draw commercial or industrial development to that corner. We certianly would not want someone to devleop it and then it becomes vacant like what has happened just up the road....

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