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Bayside residents oppose 30-story apartment tower

Posted at 10:11 PM, Sep 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-25 23:12:26-04

Residents in The Village of Bayside are voicing their concerns about a proposed 30-story apartment building and mixed-use development.

If approved, the building would be built near the corner of Brown Deer and Port Washington Roads. 

Dozens of residents have placed yard signs opposing the project on their front lawns. Bob Kohn lives directly across the street from the proposed site.

"We're the only village that I know of in America that will have two street lights and a skyscraper," said Kohn.

He's worried the tall building would create more traffic in his area and essentially put his home in the shadows.

"I am like front and center of this facility that will be... it will literally blot out the sun I will have the sun go down about an hour and a half before everybody else," Kohn said.

Some that live farther away in the village share concerns.

"It doesn't fit the architecture of the community. It's a tone-deaf project, not something that belongs in a suburb" says resident Chris Marks. "30 stories is just incongruent with a village like this at all" says Jeff Wohlfahrt. 

Village Manager Andy Pederson released a statement saying:

"The proposed mixed-use development concept that Cobalt Partners has offered the Village of Bayside is interesting and worthy of exploration, which is why the Village and Cobalt have independently hosted informational sessions with residents and why the Village’s Community Development Authority (CDA) has scheduled a public hearing on Sept. 27th. We are eager to hear from residents and encourage them to come to this public meeting." 

The Community Development Authority meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 27 at 6 p.m. at the Bayside Middle School.