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Second Bohemian Park building downsized

By Kevin Boneske
Staff Writer

ASHWAUBENON – A revised site plan to construct a second Bohemian Park apartment building with one less floor than originally planned was approved Aug. 24 by the village board.

The second building, to be located at the southwest corner of Holmgren Way and Morris Avenue as part of The Bohemian Park apartment complex, received village approval in March to be constructed as a five-story, 69-unit building.

However, Community Development Director Aaron Schuette said Engberg Anderson Architects, as the applicant for the owner, Wewerka Group, requested the revision to reduce the building to four stories and 52 units because of an increase in building material costs.

“In order to corral some of those costs, they are looking at reducing the five-story down to a four-story building,” he said. “Overall, the building remains architecturally the same.”

Schuette said the second building will look similar to the existing four-story building.

“From a design standpoint, you won’t really notice anything different (in the plan), except for the one floor being out,” he said.

Schuette said the building will be approximately 54 feet in height and include apartment units, underground parking for the tenants and a 1,780-square-foot retail space on the north end, as well as an outdoor common area for residents, customers and the public.

Mariana Arena, an architectural designer with Engberg Anderson Architects, told the village’s Plan Commission earlier this month it would have cost around $21 million to construct a five-story building with a basement, and lowering it to four stories will reduce the cost by about $4 million.

Village President Mary Kardoskee said she is sad to see the second building downsized to four stories, but understands why it’s happening with construction costs increasing.

“It still is a beautiful building,” she said. “It’s architecturally very pleasing.”

Accessory garage

In other action, the board approved a request to allow Capital Credit Union to build up to a 46×50-foot accessory garage structure with a flat or pitched roof, as well as expand its parking lot at 825 Morris Ave.

Schuette said Capital Credit Union is selling a portion of its land, where an existing garage is located, to an adjacent property owner.

“They’re proposing to build a new garage on the property,” he said. “It would be toward the south end of the parking lot, as well as then extend the parking lot in the southeast corner of their property. It would replace the existing garage. Exterior materials would be similar to the existing building.”

Schuette said the new garage would be used for indoor storage of vehicles and office supplies.

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