Plans for second Bohemian Park apartment building recommended
By Kevin Boneske
ASHWAUBENON – Plans to construct a second Bohemian Park apartment building received backing March 2 from the village’s Site Plan Review Committee and the Plan Commission.
The committee and commission recommended approving an amendment to the project’s planned unit development (PUD) height limit and the site plan for a five-story building at the southwest corner of Morris Avenue and Holmgren Way.
Community Development Director Aaron Schuette said the second building to be constructed as part of The Bohemian Park apartment complex requires an amendment to the height limit because the PUD, which governs height restrictions, included a 60-foot height limit.
Schuette said the second building is proposed to have a height of about 67 feet.
“It is one story higher than the existing building, which is four stories,” he said. “Building two is proposed to be five stories.”
Schuette said the PUD amendment would increase the height limit to 70 feet.
Tim Wolosz of Engberg Anderson Architects said the project owner, Wewerka Group, LLC, said the development, for which four separate buildings are planned, is proceeding as scheduled.
“They still have some work to do in leasing, but they’re doing well enough to keep going,” he said.
Schuette said amending the height limit to 70 feet would also apply to when a third building would be constructed for the development.
“If there’s a reason to increase it, you know, higher (than 70 feet for a third building), I guess it would come forward for the PUD amendment at that point,” he said.
Schuette said the second building would have 69 apartment units with 70 units of underground parking.
A small neighborhood-scaled retail space will be located on the building’s north side at the corner of Morris Avenue and Holmgren Way, Schuette said, along with a quasi-public plaza located in that area along Morris Avenue for seating for the retail use as well as for occasional entertainment uses.
“It’s kind of a nice hangout place for residents of the apartment complex, as well as the public,” he said.
Wolosz said plans for the retail space on the north end are for it to possibly become a coffee shop spilling out into the urban plaza area.
“But… it could be a good number of things,” he said. “It could be a restaurant or something like that.”
Wolosz said the plaza itself is intended to be a public amenity with steps for sitting and a stage area.
“The vision for that is that it’s a really active public amenity,” he said. “There’s a terrace area above it as well.”
The village board is scheduled to give final approval to the site plan and PUD amendment for the second Bohemian Park building at its March 23 meeting.
In other action, the committee approved a site plan for Broadway Automotive to redevelop a building and property at 2650 S. Ashland Ave. for use as a collision center and office space.
Schuette said the first floor will be used for the collision center with the second floor used for office space.
“Exterior improvements to the building are relatively minor,” he said. “They will be painting the building, which will certainly improve it.”
Schuette said a small building addition will be constructed on the north side of the building for the collision center vehicle entrance, along with some new metal wall panels.
“There’ll be some overhead doors that’ll be added, again, just to improve the functionality of the building for its use as a collision center,” he said.