EL condo plans wins final approval

by Emmitt B. Feldner of The Review staff

ELKHART LAKE – A planned 32-unit condominium development on the south edge of the village cleared its final hurdle Monday.

The Village Board approved the plat for the Wolf Condominium project, enabling developer Bart Wolf to begin work on the project.

The vote followed a public hearing on the plat.

The only speaker was Jim Schuessler, business development specialist with the Sheboygan County Economic Development Corp., who supported the condominium plan.

“We value these kinds of developments in economic development,” Schuessler told the trustees. “They bring the core things we want in economic development. This will bring additional visitors and likely bring additional residents to the community, as well as expansion of the tax base.”

Village Administrator/Clerk/Treasurer Jessica Reilly explained that the plan calls for 32 condo units in eight buildings off Badger Road and State 67 (Lincoln Street).

The condo units could be combined into larger condos if a buyer wishes, she added.

The total projected value of the development is $5.5 million, Reilly said.

The development is part of the village’s tax incremental finance district four. As part of the TIF, the village will extend water lines to the property at a cost of $100,000 to $150,000 and provide Wolf a developer’s incentive of $650,000, according to Reilly.

Wolf has provided the village an $800,000 letter of credit to cover those costs should the development fail.

In addition to the final plat, the board also approved a stormwater maintenance agreement and development agreement with Wolf.

Reilly said that there is room in the development for additional condo buildings in the future, but added that the Village Board would have to approve any additions to the original plat.

The board also approved a stormwater maintenance agreement for the proposed veterinary center on East Rhine Street.

Reilly explained that the stormwater agreements provide assurance that the developers will maintain the stormwater retention ponds that are part of the developments.

If the village has to step in and maintain the ponds, that cost would be placed on the property owner’s tax bill, she said.

The board approved a request from Sargento Foods to place a storage pod in the village parking lot north of West Rhine Street.

Reilly explained that the company needs to store construction materials for their expansion project during the winter and does not have room for all of the pods on their property.

Sargento can not place the pods on village streets during the winter, when winter parking rules are in effect. The company would be expected to remove the storage pod from the village parking lot once the winter parking restrictions are lifted, Reilly added.

The recent Vintage Car weekend sponsored by the Vintage Sports Car Drivers Association left the village with a problem on the Lake Street walkway.

Reilly said there are oil stains on the brick walkway where vintage cars parked to register for the event before being moved to the lawn behind The Osthoff resort for display.

“They aren’t denying it was them,” that caused the oil stains, Reilly said of the VSCDA. “They realize if it doesn’t get cleaned up it might impact their future use of the walkway.”

“I think that particular group will do whatever they need to do to get it clean because of their concerns about next year’s event,” Trustee Richard Sadiq noted.

Reilly said VSCDA members have been working on removing the stains but that it was too early to tell how successful they have been thus far and that the work will probably be continuing.

The board agreed to table the issue and take another look at it at their next meeting Oct. 19.

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