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Road expansion sparks development interest in Waukesha

Posted at 7:15 AM, Apr 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-19 08:31:11-04

An area of Southern Waukesha is expecting a major influx of new neighbors through apartments.

Ald. Aaron Perry, who represents the area around WIS Highway 59 & Saylesville Rd., said two developers are interested in building multi-family housing units in the area.

One of the developments, right at that intersection, could also include retail on the bottom.

The other would be a new, multifamily housing complex of about 30 units and go in right next to the existing Clearwater Apartments on Clearwater Ln.

Both proposals are expected to be presented to the plan commission next month.

If approved, they would also have to pass the full, common council.

"This area is prime for development," Perry said.

He believes the renewed development interest in his district stems largely from the West Waukesha Bypass project. The construction underway is aimed at improving connectivity and traffic flow between I-94 and Highway 59.

This year is phase two of the road work, which focuses on improvements from Highway 59 to US Highway 18.

Perry noted that Milwaukee and many of its suburbs are also in the process of adding new apartment buildings.

"All of the cities are competing," Perry said. "We're competing for workers, and for people to help support our tax base."

Perry said a recent study showed that Waukesha had an ample supply of single family homes, but lacks options in multi-family housing.

"We have to be able to accommodate people in every walk of life," he said.