A pair of public listening sessions have been scheduled for a proposed northside apartment complex for the mentally ill and developmentally disabled.
The 28-unit, 48-bed development would be located on an agricultural site at 1923 30th Ave., just south of the Pick ’n Save grocery store at 2811 18th St.
The complex, presented by Arbor Holdings LLC, faces a variety of hurdles, including rezoning, density, aesthetics and heavy opposition from nearby residents.
The project was recently tabled by the city’s Plan Commission.
The listening sessions are 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Northside Library, 1500 27th Ave., and 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Room 202 of the Kenosha Municipal Building, 625 52nd St.
Ald. Holly Kangas said there has been support for the project — most notably from state Sen. Bob Wirch, D-Somers — and an outcry of opposition from nearby Hunters Ridge residents.
Hunters Ridge does not abut the property; the subdivision is located north of 18th Street and west of 30th Avenue.
City officials said they have received a number of phone calls and emails involving the proposed $2 million development.
“This is a tough one for me,” Kangas said. “I do want to help that segment of society. Ultimately, I’ll decide based on what the people of my district want. That’s the way I’ll go.”
Hunters Ridge resident Lisa Barth-Chiappetta took a stronger stance on it.
“I am totally against this project going there, especially that big,” Barth-Chiapetta said via email. “That’s too many people with disabilities in one area. The project should be broken up into (a) much smaller amount of beds spread out.
“I’m sure if this was built in Pleasant Prairie by all the really big houses they would not allow even a small amount of this to be developed by them. Build it by the closed (Brass Neighborhood) Pick ’n Save.”
Arbor Holdings LLC is owned and operated by brothers Mack and Jeffrey Crabtree. They have owned state-licensed adult family homes, community-based residential facilities and supported apartments in Kenosha and Racine counties. Arbor Holdings acquired the 1.6-acre property on Aug. 16, 2018.
“The northside location is critical to the present concentration of potential users who work both in Kenosha and Racine,” Arbor Holdings said in a release. “The location is proximate to shopping, a drug store, restaurants, medical offices and public transportation. As most of the potential users do not drive, the conveniences of this location was a major consideration.”
The project is intended to house a targeted population that is already served, but scattered, throughout the community. It includes three residential buildings, a business office, storage for equipment and inventory and a trash-recycling corral. The complex will be staffed during normal business hours.
Hunters Ridge resident Colleen Connolly said the project would be better suited somewhere else.
“Although I appreciate the need for such a complex, I don’t want it built in this area,” Connolly said via email. “I think there are other areas in Kenosha that would be more prudential for such a development.”
The development has a density of 17.5 units per acre. An amendment would be needed to change the density restrictions from 12 units to 18 units per acre.