Memory-care facility to be built in Town Center

City can't object to building's use

April 13, 2010

Mequon — A community-based residential facility for those with memory loss will replace 12 residential units originally proposed for a development on Mequon Road.

Senior Living of America will build a 28,000-square-foot building with 40 beds in 36 studio apartments on the site at 6809/6935 W. Mequon Road, according to changes to a 2008 agreement with Lake Development approved by the Planning Commission on Monday night.

In 2008, the commission approved two commercial buildings for the Mequon Road side of the 6.5-acre site, with 23 condominiums at the rear of the property, which is in the Town Center.

Chris Frommell of Lakeside Development said demand for condominiums died with the downturn in the economy.

"The banks are not lending for those type of projects," Frommell said.

There is a need for facilities for people with memory loss, and they can be financed, he said.

The facility would have a value of $5 million and bring 24 jobs to the city.

Alderman John Wirth said he didn't think the facility will enhance the Town Center concept but acknowledged CBRF facilities are allowed in any district that permits residential uses under state law. A CBRF is a place where five or more unrelated people live together in a community setting, and services provided include supervision, support services and up to three hours of nursing care per week.

The Town Center is a joint project of Mequon and Thiensville to redevelop the areas along Cedarburg and Mequon roads for shopping, recreation, business and residences.

The Town Center zoning limits buildings to 25,000 square feet. The commission agreed to allow the larger building after Senior Living representative Kenneth Antaramian said the smaller building would not work financially because of the reduction to the number of residents it could serve.

Both Wirth and commission member Cliff Meyer suggested moving the building 20 to 30 feet closer to the interior street that is part of the development. Wirth said he was concerned about drainage issues that could result for Country Terrace, an existing condominium development to the south of the proposed building.

Frommell agreed to work on moving the building closer to the road.

The commercial buildings will be constructed, as will 12 condominiums - one more than originally planned because of the changes to the site.

The memory-care facility will be constructed first, followed by one commercial building, the parking lot and storm water facilities in the second phase. Phase three will be the second commercial building and the residential units will be in the fourth phase.


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