Developments moving ahead in Elkhart Lake

by Emmitt B. Feldner of The Review staff

ELKHART LAKE – Things are continuing to develop in the village.

The Village Board learned Monday of three pending developments – one commercial, two residential – that are working their ways through village channels.

Village President Alan Rudnick reported that the village is contemplating establishing another tax incremental finance district to support a proposed new facility for Wolf Motorsports.

The district – which would be the village’s fourth – would encompass an 8.5- acre parcel at State 67 (Lincoln Street) and Badger Road on the village’s south limits.

Rudnick explained that Bart Wolf of Wolf Motorsports is planning to relocate his business, now located on Clifford Street in Plymouth, to that parcel. Wolf also plans to expand his business to include car condos, according to Rudnick.

“With the TIF, we can afford to put in the lift station and sewer line that we need for this and any future development,” Village Administrator/Clerk/Treasurer Jessica Reilly told the board.

“We are annexing that property,” Rudnick added. “That enables us to annex more property to the east of that in the future. There is a lot of good property for development there.”

Village officials are moving ahead with developing the TIF plan for the project, Rudnick said. The village is waiting for state approval of the project to move ahead.

Rudnick told the board that the Planning Commission had recommended approval of a rezoning request from Victory Development for their five-acre parcel on the village’s east side.

The change would be from R-3 multifamily to planned unit development.

“Their new thinking is they would like to do a combination of apartments and condo buildings,” Rudnick said of Victory’s plans. “They’re looking to add one acre in order to have enough to do the PUD zoning. Right now they’re looking at eight eight-unit buildings.”

Reilly added that the PUD zoning would allow for private streets in the development, as well as smaller setbacks between buildings.

“Part of their component is commercial,” Rudnick said. “They came in with a plan to extend Chicago Street (north) into their property.”

Another residential development that came before the commission was from Premiere Development for three acres east of Otto Way.

The preliminary plat approved by the commission included an entrance to the development off Hickory Lane (County A and J), Rudnick told the board.

The plan is for an Osthoff Green-like condo development, with garages on the lower floor of each unit, according to Rudnick. The plan includes a private road to access the units.

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