Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
By: Tom Daykin
A proposal to develop apartments next to Cedarburg’s historic downtown is taking a big step forward after the Common Council voted unanimously to rezone the development site.
The council’s Monday night decision sets the stage for HSI Properties LLC’s proposal to develop 69 apartments near the historic St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church. The council vote follows last week’s Plan Commission recommendation to approve the rezoning.
HSI still needs to obtain council approval for its detailed plans and a traffic study, said Jon Censky, city planner. But those reviews will occur without additional public hearings, Censky said Tuesday.
HSI wants to begin construction this year.
The proposal, known as Arrabelle, would feature a pair of three-story apartment buildings constructed behind the church, on the former parish school site between Washington Ave. and Hamilton Road. Those buildings would have 32 and 28 units.
The former school, along with the former church rectory, would be demolished after the parish sells those properties to HSI.
A third apartment building, with nine two-story townhouse units, would be across Hamilton Road from the church, on what is now a parking lot.
Opponents say the development, reduced from 87 units, remains too large for the neighborhood, which mainly has two-story houses. Supporters say the $16 million to $18 million development would provide Cedarburg’s empty-nesters with a new place to live and generate property tax revenue.