PLEASANT PRAIRIE — A proposed 300-unit apartment complex in the first development phase of the recently approved tax incremental financing district No. 8 in the village cleared several Plan Commission hurdles Monday night.
But with the complexity of what’s on the table, there’s still plenty of work ahead.
Following a public hearing that had just one emailed comment and one from a resident in attendance during the virtual meeting, the commission unanimously approved four agenda items as it relates to the Seasons at River View apartments that will be developed by Fiduciary Real Estate Development of Milwaukee.
The commission approved separate motions to discontinue the platted but not constructed rights-of-way within the Chateau Eau Plaines Subidvision; residential development plans and a Digital Security Imaging System agreement for the apartment complex; an amendment to the village’s comprehensive land use plan; and zoning map and text amendments.
Early last month, the Village Board approved the new TID, which consists of about 127 acres of land south of Highway 50, north of 79th Street and between 104th and 115th avenues. The Joint Review Board then gave its second approval Feb. 23, and now the last step is in the hands of the Wisconsin Department of Revenue for its OK.
There clearly are a lot of moving parts that need to be sorted through, Pleasant Prairie Community Development Director Jean Werbie-Harris said, who added that all conditions set forth by both the village and within the escrow agreement need to be met by June or July 1.
“We need to verify an exact date for (Fiduciary),” she said. “There are so many documents that need to be recorded, lots of signatures and lots of action that needs to happen to have everything happen in the right order for this development to move forward.”
Fiduciary Vice President of Development Tony DeRosa agreed.
“This is as complicated as they get,” he said. “I think (the village has) been able to narrow this down. We’re excited to be at this point in the process. We’re a couple months out from closing on the land and getting underway with construction. It’s been a long process, but we can see the finish line here.”
As for the apartment complex, Werbie-Harris laid out the proposal for the commission.
The development will consist of a dozen 20-unit and four 15-unit buildings (24 studio apartments, 128 one-bedroom, 124 two-bedroom and 24 three-bedroom). A total of 16 two-story buildings for 300 units in all will be constructed.
“The buildings, layout and floor plan design of this development provide a wide variety of housing options at a price point that will cater to a broad demographic group,” Werbie-Harris said.
Planned amenities on the site include a fully furnished club room, fitness facility, leasing office, outdoor pool, playground area, fenced in dog exercise area, a detached maintenance building and a car wash.
The rent is expected to run from $1,100 to $2,200 per month, Werbie-Harris said. The development also includes 722 parking spaces, including 270 enclosed and 18 handicapped.
Werbie-Harris read into the record an email from a resident, who expressed concern about headlights that may shine into the backyards and homes on the northside of 79th Street.
The letter writer asked about what possible fencing or landscaping that may be included to the south of the development.
“I sure hope the quality of life of longtime, taxpaying residents on the north side of 79th Street will be considered when approving plans for this development,” the letter stated. “We already deal with lights, the glow of Lynch Chevrolet, but they are few and far between enough to tolerate. Headlights from constant traffic from an apartment complex directly behind us will diminish our Pleasant Prairie quality of life.”
DeRosa said he was confident the issue was already handled.
“We understand the concerns,” he said. “We’ve designed the site plan taking this into account by not facing parking lots directly to the south, toward the residential neighborhood. We’ve tried to lay this out to minimize that traffic so we don’t have direct headlights where a car might be sitting with headlights facing the south.”
DeRosa said the distance from the proposed parking to the building is 382 feet, and doing an online search, he found that a typical headlight travels 200 feet. He added that the south side will be screened with new landscaping, and a significant wetland buffer will not be disturbed.
“I think we’ve done a lot of things above and beyond to minimize this (concern),” he said.
Also included in the first phase of the TID No. 8 is the extension of 115th Avenue to Highway 50, along with the completion of 77th Street between 109th and 115th avenues. Nearly $27.8 million will be raised in tax increment collections during the life of the TID, which is expected to expire in 2040.
The overall plan of mixed-use developments that will consist of both commercial and residential projects is expected to generate $89.6 million.
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New businesses seem to sprout up every week and residential projects continue to be built.
Haribo, the gummy candy manufacturer, is breaking ground, the King and Convicts brewhouse site plan has preliminary approval, and the pharmaceutical company Frensius Kabi is ready to build.
The conditional use permit was recently approved for a 595,500-square-foot-building on 46.9 acres for the Lake Zurich, Ill., based company that specializes in lifesaving medicines and technologies for critically and chronically ill patients.
Frensius Kabi’s services and products are used in infusion, transfusion and clinical nutrition. It is to begin operation in its distribution center next year and employ 100 people on two shifts.
The brewhouse, which is to be on 7.2 acres between 7708 and 7788 120th Ave., is to be more than 51,000 square feet. A future hotel is also planned for the site.
Now the village is moving on establishing Village Green Center, an idea that was little more than a dream for decades.
The Village Collaboration Committee, Designing Pleasant Prairie’s Downtown, will host an open house and presentation on July 11 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Village Hall, 9915 39th Ave. There, attendees can view the conceptual plans and framework the committee developed and ask questions of committee members.
That is to be followed by a presentation to the Village Board on July 25. At this meeting, attendees can offer opinions and comments on the plan to Pleasant Prairie officials.
Earlier this year, the village purchased 72 acres for $3.7 million to begin the process that will eventually consist of 180 acres for residential, commercial, public and institutional facilities and recreational opportunities.
Other areas of focus include environmentally friendly solutions, project marketing and the downtown aesthetics, character, branding and themes.
Previous efforts to develop the land were stalled due to poor market conditions and private developer ownership.
Now that is becoming a reality — a reality that continues to draw industry, people and a promising future to an area that is the envy of many others.
PLEASANT PRAIRIE — The Plan Commission approved the first phase of construction for a German candy maker’s first Wisconsin manufacturing facility with a corporate campus in the Prairie Highlands Corporate Park.
Following a public hearing on Monday, the commission voted unanimously favoring approval of a zoning text amendment, along with preliminary site and operation plans for Haribo of America Manufacturing. The candy maker expects to begin the initial phase of construction this fall, as part of a four-phase development, on the 137-acre property at 12488 Goldbear Dr. in the corporate park.
The initial phase includes construction of:
a three-story manufacturing facility, with a four-story administrative support building and office spaces;
a fire pump utility building;
a central wastewater pretreatment building;
a gatehouse for a buffer warehouse;
and a buffer warehouse for incoming raw materials and finished goods.
The largest of the buildings in the first phase are the 602,000-square-foot manufacturing facility and the 162,500-square-foot warehouse. The building site is on about 6 million square feet, according to the company’s plans submitted to the village. Haribo officials have said the new facility expects to employ 450 employees and will produce and store about 66,000 tons of gummi candies each year.
According to Jean Werbie-Harris, the village’s community development director, future phases are expected to include a distribution center, multistory parking, a retail store, a helicopter pad, a museum, a fitness center and a day care facility.
Haribo officials have said the fitness center and day care would be for company employees to start, with possible consideration for public use in the future.
According to the plans, construction would begin this fall or by spring of next year. Much of the warehouse construction is expected to be completed by the fall of 2020, with the manufacturing facility anticipated to be finished the following year in the fall of 2021.
During the public hearing, Patrick and Jayne Perlman — Bristol residents who live near the site — wondered about the change in parapet screening for mechanical equipment that would be on the rooftop of a packaging area of the Haribo development.
According to Werbie-Harris, while the village zoning ordinance calls for it, the need for additional screening would not be necessary as developers plan to move the equipment several hundred feet away from the wall at the roof’s edge. Project manager and senior engineer Brian Dunn, of Mead & Hunt, which represents the Haribo development, said “large building elements” on the west side of the building would screen almost all the mechanical equipment.
“You will be able to see some mechanical equipment on the roof from that corner (at 120th Avenue), but not a lot of it,” he said.
Currently, the village work crews are constructing stormwater facilities and other public improvements at the site, Werbie-Harris said. The improvements are expected to be completed by October.
In approving the plans, Mike Pollocoff, a Village Board member on the Plan Commission, said they represent an “excellent development” in the village. The plans will advance to the Village Board later this month.
“We’re looking forward to the next phase of this construction, and Pleasant Prairie’s very pleased you chose us here,” said Mike Serpe, Plan Commission chairman and Village Board member. “I guarantee you won’t regret that decision.”
PLEASANT PRAIRIE – A German candy maker famous for its Goldbear gummi candies aims to begin construction as early as this fall on the first phase of a multiphase development for its manufacturing facility in the Prairie Highlands Corporate Park.
The village Plan Commission will consider the preliminary site and operational plans tonight, along with a zoning text amendment for Haribo of America Manufacturing, which is planning to build its first U.S manufacturing facility on 137 acres at 12488 Goldbear Drive, in the northwest corner of Highway Q and Interstate 94. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the Village Hall auditorium.
While the long-awaited facility will be developed over four phases with a distribution center, multi-story parking, retail store and helipad, the initial phase will consist of:
n A three- story manufacturing facility, with four-story administrative support building and office spaces
n A fire pump utility building
n Central wastewater pretreatment building
n Gatehouse for a buffer warehouse
n The buffer warehouse for incoming raw materials and finished goods
According to its application to the village, the largest of the buildings in the first phase includes the 602,000-square-foot manufacturing facility and the 162,500-square-foot warehouse. The building site for the initial phase is on about 6 million square feet, according to the plans.
Construction of the initial phase is expected to start this fall or, with weather permitting, by spring of next year. Major construction of the warehouse is expected to be completed by fall next year, with the manufacturing facility anticipated to be finished by the fall of 2021, according to the application.
Haribo officials have said the new facility expects to employ 450 employees working three shifts when it begins operation two years from now. The shifts will span 24 hours and the facility will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Haribo expects to produce and store about 66,000 tons of gummi candies a year, according to the plans.
A year ago, the commission and the Village Board approved amendments to the village’s comprehensive land use plan from a previous freeway-oriented business center commercial use plan to production manufacturing industrial land to accommodate the development. Also approved were wetland designations and the zoning map reflecting the proposed new uses for the property.
In late July last year, Haribo was part of a ceremonial groundbreaking that included the Advocate Aurora Health Care Center facility, celebrating them as the first two anchor tenants of the Prairie Highlands Corporate Park.
Haribo was established in 1920 by Hans Riegel and has since grown to 16 facilities in 10 countries. It exports its candies — which also include licorice and marshmallow confections — to more than 100 countries. Haribo’s Pleasant Prairie facility would produce the Golden Bear gummy candies. Its U.S. corporate headquarters is currently in Rosemont, Ill.