Council quickly approves additions and improvements at Shorehaven

Changes to a previously approved planned development at Shorehaven include 45-unit apartment building   Proposed changes and additions at Lutheran Homes of Oconomowoc (Shorehaven) sailed through the Common Council Tuesday night without any discussion. The 7-0 vote changes a previously approved planned development at 1305 and 1306 West Wisconsin Avenue. The changes/improvements include a catered living 45-unit apartment addition; a commons connector building that will serve as a transition space between the existing Lake Terrace Apartments; the addition of a restaurant and other amenities; plus a two-story wellness building housing group exercise rooms, a swimming pool and whirlpool, and an outdoor picnic pavilion with restrooms near Lac La Belle. Also included is underground parking for the apartments A public hearing on the proposed changes was held on June. 16, 2015. At the hearing, Ed Somers, CEO for Lutheran Homes, made a presentation outlining the changes. He was joined by Heidi Kramer, Plunkett Raysich Architects, who is designing the...

Common Council may reverse itself and say no to Fowler Lake Village on Tuesday night

Votes on $18.8 million mixed-use condominium project could derail project championed by city officials The Fowler Lake Village condominium project is set to get what is essentially an up-or-down vote Tuesday night at the Dec. 2 Common Council meeting. No vote, however, that approves or disapproves the project itself, will take place, so the votes Tuesday constitute proxy votes. A vote is expected on the developers agreement, which the city is pointing out is “not a project approval, but the formalization of the commitments and obligations set forth in the approved MOU.” Tuesday night’s agenda includes three items relating to the proposed $18.8 million mixed-use condominium project. All are included under the new business section of the agenda, which means the vote and allied discussions won’t take place until med-meeting, unless the Council votes to reorder the agenda. In addition, attendees at the meeting should expect another long parade of citizens speaking against or for the project. At past meetings, these statements and presentations during the public comment session that opens Council meetings have taken as long as 45 minutes. Given the importance of the vote Tuesday night, don’t be surprised if the parade consumes even more of the Council’s time. The three FLV items on the agenda are: “Consider/act on Resolution Incorporating Elements to be Addressed Relating to the Fowler Lake Village Project Consider/act on Developer’s Agreement for Fowler Lake Village, LLC Consider/act on Resolution Repealing Resolution 12-R2376 Authorizing Agreement Between the City of Oconomowoc Community Development Authority and Rockwell Development, LLC.” While Council rejection of the first two items would not necessarily kill the project, it would...

Rosek is right; Council spending too much time on Fowler Lake Village, but his actions may be the cause

Couldn’t the time being spent on FLV be better used to revisit the master plan, including the downtown and waterfront? In the wording of his resolution seeking to repeal the MOU between the city and Fowler Lake Village, LLC., alderman Matt Rosek states he is seeking the reversal because “in excess of two years have passed since the MOU and no development agreement has been approved.” Ok, but so what? How is the city hurt from moving ahead carefully and deliberately? Isn’t everyone involved better served by giving the FLV partners time to consider and address issues expressed over the last couple of months by some members of the Council and the public? Given that some of the issues really are not related to the proposed condominium project–such as the relocation of the boar launch and the closing of the exit onto North Main Street from the current parking lot behind businesses on the north side of Wisconsin Avenue–Seymour and his partners should be commended by their desire and willingness to address issues. Other aldermen have also stated that the Council has spent and continues to spend too much time on FLV. Implied is the suggestion that somehow this is the fault of the people behind FLV. That’s crazy. FLV does not control the Council agenda. It doesn’t control the public comment sessions, nor does it have the ability to engender any discussions with the Council on anything that relates to FLV. Perhaps those who feel too much time has been spent on FLV need to look inward. Maybe Rosek’s multiple attempts to derail the project are why the...