Hillcrest, village continue subdivision talks

Developer, commission move forward with discussion on project touted as benefit to municipality, school district

A PROPOSED HILLCREST Builders development north of the Northern Ozaukee School District calls for about 90 single-family homes and a dozen duplexes along Emerald Hills Drive and North Milwaukee Street. The subdivision would be west of Highway 57.
By 
CONNOR CARYNSKI
Ozaukee Press Staff

Discussions are moving forward on the Hillcrest Builders development project, which calls for establishing about 90 single-family lots and a dozen duplex units in the Village of Fredonia. 

The proposed development, planned for 40 acres north of the Northern Ozaukee School District, would provide additional housing and property tax income to the village, according to Fredonia officials.

In addition, construction of about 90 single-family homes would bring in families who would enroll their children in NOSD, benefiting both the district and the village, according to Paul Apfelbach of Hillcrest Builders. 

“The school district is looking forward to bringing more children into the district,” he said. 

Apfelbach met with the village Plan Commission June 28 to hash out early details of the development. 

Before homes and duplexes can be built, a large amount of improvements need to be made to the site, including leveling off the land. 

Apfelbach said crews will need to use piles of dirt left by a previous developer to fill in low spots on the property and allow proper drainage and road construction. 

“One of the challenges of the site is that there are extra piles of soil we have to move around to build up the roads in some places,” he said. 

While the development plat, infrastructure specifications and duplex rezone all need to be approved by the village before work can begin, Apfelbach said he hopes to have roads built by this fall. 

To pave way for the development, the Village Board approved new zoning rules in March that allow for construction of duplex condominiums. 

However, Hillcrest Builders will need to sign a developers agreement that was drafted by the village before work can begin on the development. 

Apfelbach said that while agreements still need to worked out, he does not expect any major obstacles along the way to starting work on the project. 

“There’s a need for housing, and it’s good tax base for the village,” he said. 

Even so, Hillcrest Builders has to revise how the project will be funded after being told that the village would be unable to provide financing by borrowing for the project.

The developer had proposed paying the village back by selling lots, but borrowing would have pushed the village to its legal debt limits. 

Instead, Hillcrest will seek out private loans to finance the development. 

“It’s a very exciting project for us,” Apfelbach said. 

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