Main Street plan

The 3-story apartment complex would include retail on the ground floor and a fourth floor inset within the building for a community space. Rooftop amenities would include patio furniture, grills and a fire pit.

Waunakee Plan Commissioners Monday got a glimpse of how a new apartment building might look on the 200 block of East Main Street. Representatives from Hovde Properties showed drawings of the new building, which would occupy the north side of Main Street between Water and North Madison streets.

Mike Slavish with Hovde said the development group has acquired six sites, including five parcels on Main Street and the Larry Kippley property. Tenants were given 60 to 90 days to move out, and the developers have been working to facilitate the demolition, which is expected after asbestos is abated, Slavish said.

At that point, the fire department plans to hold training exercises, but Slavish said it’s hoped the demolition can begin the week of Oct. 23.

Construction will be timed with the library on North Madison Street, Slavish said, and completion is anticipated in May or June of 2019.

“It dovetails well with the village’s plan for the new library,” Slavish said. “It minimizes the amount of time this area will be under construction.”

During the construction, the company plans to keep the east-west alley to the north of the property open, Slavish said.

Jeff Davis, an architect with Davis Young, showed the plans, noting that 12,000 square feet of commercial is included. The building includes 101 apartment units, with 60 parking stalls at grade level and another 111 underground stalls, including motorcycle parking and storage for tenants.

Three sections of commercial use are included in the plan.

Several walk-up apartment units on Water and Madison streets are also in the plan, with just a couple of steps to the front door.

The second and third floors will include studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom units.

A fourth level is part of the plan, inset in the middle of the complex. It will include a roof deck, plantings, pavers and a community room for residents. Rooftop patio furniture, a fire pit and grills will be available for tenants.

Davis said the design facing Main Street reflects the neighborhood’s industrial feel, but on the back side of the building, it will feel more residential. He noted the building is set back from the property line to allow for outdoor seating.

Unlike other Hovde projects in Madison, the Waunakee building will have a higher percentage of two- and three-bedroom apartments, and is being designed to cater more to families, Davis said.

Plan commissioners seemed pleased with the design so far.

“It’s a good looking project,” said Commissioner Brad Zeman. “Hovde’s always done good work.”

Village board members have been meeting in closed session to discuss the plan, including any financial incentives available for it.

Outdoor parking

denied at Storage Shop

Plan commissioners recommended no change to the conditional use permit to allow outdoor, overnight parking at Storage Shop USA, a condominium development with storage units in the industrial park.

The condominium association had requested outside parking, along with changes to allow signs and outdoor mailboxes for deliveries. Patrick Hagerman, who operates Scotlea Hot Rods from one unit there, told the commission at last month’s meeting that several small businesses operate out of the storage units, and are looking for a place to park their vehicles overnight. One who owned a cleaning company left because the vehicle could not be parked there, Hagerman said.

Another unit owner, Eric Farnsworth, objected to the request for overnight, outdoor parking, noting it would be difficult to maneuver boats or trailers in and out of his unit with other vehicles parked outside.

Commissioners voted to allow changes to the conditional use permit and site plan allowing mailboxes and signs, with the condition that they are uniform. But members voted against the change that would allow parking.

Octopi request denied

Octopi will be required to complete several items included in its conditional use permit and site plan before it can open its food truck, plan commissioners said Monday.

Owner Isaac Showaki had asked for an extension to complete the work – the remaining pergola, fencing, landscaping and some clean-up at the back of the building so the food truck could begin operation.

A patio has been completed as requested, and Showaki said the fencing and pergola could be up by the winter time.

The food truck has been painted, but Showaki said he neglected to submit the design to the commission beforehand. The food truck has all other necessary approvals to open.

The back of the building has been cleaned up, Showaki said, but some kegs that are used daily still remain. He has rented space for other storage, but he asked the village engineer’s help in finding a two-year solution for the other outside keg storage. In two years, Showaki hopes to build an addition to the present site at Uniek Drive.

Showaki asked the commission to allow the food truck to open with the understanding that the pergola and fencing be done this winter and the landscaping in the spring, while promising to find a solution to the storage.

Plan Commissioner and Village President said he felt “challenged” with the request.

“It seems like you’re trying to ask for forgiveness on things,” Zellner said, adding that the business has invested on expanding in other ways rather than completing work stipulated in the conditional use plan and site plan.

Commissioners urged Showaki to complete the landscaping this fall.

“Go buy some stuff. Get your guys out there and plant. We want you to come up with a solution,” said Gary Herzberg, commissioner and village trustee.

Herzberg said the back of the building has been cleaned up and suggested a taller screening to contain the remaining items.

Plan commissioners agreed that the truck design was acceptable, as well.

Village attorney Bryan Kleinmaier told the commission that the conditional use permit stipulates that the initial site plan be satisfied prior to opening the food truck. The permit would need to be modified if the food truck were to open prior to that.

Showaki said he would try to complete the work by the next plan commission meeting and present a plan for screening.

“If you would have these things completed before the next plan commission meeting and work with [Public Works Director Kevin Even] on the screening at the back area, I say go ahead and open the food cart,” Herzberg said.

Other items

Also at Monday’s meeting, the commission:

-gave the initial thumbs up for additional signing for Lone Girl Brewing.

-gave initial approval for an accessory structure at Classic Custom Homes.

-authorized Public Works Director Kevin Even to work on rezoning to allow Westport properties within the village’s extraterritorial zoning area to receive farmland preservation certification and receive tax credits.

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