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Wednesday, 17 January 2018 19:42

Port Plan Commission OKs revised concept plan for senior living facility, council takes first look at rezoning

    Plans for a major expansion of the Harbor Club senior living facility on Port Washington’s north side took a leap this week.
    The Common Council on Tuesday took its first look at rezoning needed to accommodate the expansion, and the Plan Commission last week gave concept approval to the plan.
    It’s the second time the proposed expansion was heard by the commission, which previously expressed major concerns about the proximity of a planned three-story, 66-unit building to existing houses along Holden Street.
    The new plan moves that building farther east, so it is 60 feet or more away from the neighboring houses.
    It also took what had been envisioned as a rectangular retaining pond on the southwest side of the property and created two undulating ponds. A bridge and gazebo are envisioned to be built between the two sometime in the future.
    Across from the ponds are sites for future independent senior housing units, although the design of these has not been determined.
    The plan also reserves two spaces for future memory care units.
    “I think this solves a lot of things,” commission member Brenda Fritsch said. “I think you’re creating a much more inviting space. It keeps that feeling and sense of independence.”
    Commission member Tony Matera concurred, saying, “You really created a lot of privacy for the residents on Holden Street.”
    Noting that the design places the new building closer to the existing facility than previously planned, Ald. Mike Ehrlich, an architect and commission member, said, “It’s a little bit tighter campus so it encourages interaction between the buildings.”
    The plan will create a formal entrance to the current campus near the Harbor Club, extending and enhancing the driveway on the west side of the property to the south and adding landscaping.
    The expanded driveway, which will include a new parking area near the Harbor Club, will lead to the new senior apartment building, which will have underground parking.
    Pam Schlenvogt, executive director of the Harbor Campus, said there has been “a lot of excitement and buzz” in the community about the expanded facility,  noting she has a waiting list of people interested in the new building.
    “This is really going to keep our seniors living in the community where they’ve lived, where they’ve raised their family,” she said.
    The Common Council is expected to take final action on the rezoning request when it meets on Tuesday, Feb. 6.
    In other action, the Plan Commission last week approved a special exception that will allow Drews Hardware to erect a monument sign in front of its store.
    The new sign will replace the current pylon sign, which is in disrepair.
    Pylon signs are no longer allowed in the city under the sign code, Randy Tetzlaff, the city’s director of planning and development, noted.
    “When this (new sign) came over my desk, I was really excited,” he said, noting it is significantly more attractive than the current sign.
    “I think it’s a home run,” Matera said.
    The special exception was needed to reduce the setback for the sign — which will be at the south entrance to the store’s parking lot — from 10 feet to 4 feet. The sign will not encroach on the sidewalk, commission members noted.

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