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Beaver Dam Common Council approves site plans for new apartment complex

August 7, 2018

The Beaver Dam Common Council approved site plans for a new apartment complex near the mall on Monday.

The complex, on Mary Ann Road, will feature five buildings, each with 12 two-bedroom, two-bathroom units. Premier Real Estate of Brookfield plans to break ground at the site within the next few weeks. Town and County Construction of Mayville is the excavation and utility contractor. Council member Mary Morgan voted against the plan.

The developer did not seek incentives from the city in pursuing the project. The project will include sprinklers in the townhouse-style units.

The council also approved a development and escrow agreement with the M & M Contractors, the developer for the Oak Point Village complex on the north side. The new 82-unit complex will be off Woodland Drive, north of the Spring Lake Apartments and near Kohl’s, 1734 N. Spring St. It will be in between the Lake George Terrace and Shady Oaks subdivisions.

That complex, with groundbreaking expected this year, will have 12 one-story buildings with two-bedroom, two-bathroom units for rent of about $850 to $900.

The city has already made multiple approvals in advance of the project. This new vote was to sign off on each side’s financial and legal obligations for improvements to the site. In particular, the developer and the city will split the cost to extend Woodland Drive, which will not include street lights, curb and gutter or sidewalks. Council member Ken Anderson voted against the project because the road will not include those elements.

The project has attracted criticism for its lack of sprinklers, which are not required under state law for a complex of its size.

Council member Jane Loizzo, who previously opposed the project, said she has been in touch with the developers and the people in the surrounding neighborhoods. She said she had learned the project will not include an access road through through those neighborhoods in the end, which was unclear when the project was originally going through the council.

Council member Robert Ballweg is involved with the project as a real estate agent and abstained from the vote.

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