Apartment proposal would displace, but not close, Thompson strawberry fields
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Apartment proposal would displace, but not close, Thompson strawberry fields

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Thompson STRAWBERRY FARM

Eva Vargas, 7, picks strawberries with her mom, Yoceline, and her brother, Eddy, not pictured, at Thompson Strawberry Farm in this photo from June 2016. The strawberry fields will be relocating due to plans to build a large apartment complex on the land.

BRISTOL — Thompson Strawberry Farm, which leases the land where its strawberry fields are located, will not close as the result of a proposal to construct a 28-building apartment complex on the land.

“We have been growing strawberries in Bristol for 51 years and in Kenosha County for over 70 years,” Scott Thompson said. “We plan to continue doing so for many more years.”

Thompson said the 2020 strawberry season will be unchanged, with the pick-your-own strawberry fields accessible off of the farm entrance on Highway 50, just east of the Strawberry Creek subdivision.

However, as a result of the sale of the land on which the strawberry fields are located, Thompson will move the pick-your-own operation in 2021 to a field just west of the Strawberry Creek subdivision, accessible off of Highway MB between highways 50 and K.

“It is less than a mile,” Thompson said. “This spring we will plant 18 new acres of strawberries there in preparation.”

It will be a huge undertaking this spring. Typically, Thompson said they plant six acres of strawberries each year to keep fields on a three-year rotation.

“Our raspberries and pumpkins will not be affected and will be in the same location as always,” Thompson said.

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The 916-unit development, aptly named Strawberry Fields, is being proposed by Cardinal Capital Management Inc. of Milwaukee.

Proposed amenities include a dog park, beach, miniature golf, volleyball courts, pool, spa, workout facilities, tennis courts, kids’ playground, walking and running paths, bike paths, a community garden, a sports lounge with a golf simulator and mini bowling alley, a movie theater, a game room and workspace.

The plans, described as “very preliminary,” will go before Kenosha’s Plan Commission at its meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday in the Municipal Building, 625 52nd St.

The developer is seeking feedback on the land use, density and building elevations before moving forward with designs.

The land is zoned agricultural. According to the Bristol Neighborhood Plan for the area, the land is targeted for single-family homes. The developers are seeking a zoning change to multi-family residential use.

In addition, the proposed density of the project, 13.17 units per acre, exceeds the standard maximum density of a multi-family residential project of 12 units per acre.

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