May 25, 2017
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Kenosha developer to turn abandoned building into luxury apartments

Plan commission approves plan to rejuvenate former school


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BY DANIEL GAITAN
dgaitan@kenoshanews,com


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Plans to turn the abandoned Weiskopf School into a 14-unit apartment complex are one step closer to becoming reality.

On Thursday, the City Plan Commission unanimously approved plans to purchase and rejuvenate the building at 812 50th St. The large, multi-story complex used to be a day-care center and school.

The proposed developer is Ryan Douglas of Land Quest of Wisconsin, a local real estate firm. Land Quest plans to purchase the property from owner GLC Financial.

“Our intent is to do a high-quality, loft and apartment-style renovation,” Douglas said. “We want to try and keep the architectural integrity of the building. We think it’s a spectacular building, it’s a spectacular location.

Douglas said he believes there’s a dearth of luxury and market-rate apartments in Kenosha.

“It’s a missing middle in rental in Kenosha,” Douglas said. “We’re trying to add really high-end units that have high ceilings, 12-foot loft ceilings and have a lot of amenities.”

The building has landmark protection, so any development must protect the site’s integrity. Commissioners said they want to see more detailed plans for the detached garage and club house, but trust Douglas will make them more attractive and cohesive with the red brick school building.

“We’re open to any suggestions,” Douglas said.

On Thursday, the commission also voted to re-zone the area as a so-called “mixed district” so apartments can be created.

“We have not had a bad experience with (Land Quest),” said Ald. Jan Michalski, who said the firm has a good reputation in the city’s third district.

The commission will vote on a conditional use permit in the coming months and take another look at design plans.

“Anything for this would be good for the neighborhood,” said Ald. John Fox, who represents the area. “This is a high-end, good project. … The floor plans are wonderful.”


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