After years of failed attempts to develop land along Town Hall Road across from Community Memorial Hospital, the village may have found a winner with a new assisted living development.
Menomonee Falls Elderly, LLC received positive feedback from the Plan Commission Tuesday after presenting its conceptual plan for a six-building assisted living development. The buildings would occupy about 8 acres of land at W180N8214 Town Hall Rd., which is between Valley View Elementary and a residential neighborhood.
For years, the village has struggled to develop this piece of land. Community Memorial Hospital purchased the property years ago to build a parking lot, but withdrew their request. A high density-residential development gained some legs but fell through. Most recently, a dialysis center was proposed for the site, but developers also withdrew plans.
“This parcel itself has gone through so many ups and downs,” said Community Development Director Matthew Carran.
The assisted living facility was well received by the Plan Commission because it seemed to provide a nice transition between the school and the residential neighborhood.
“In my opinion this is by far the best concept we’ve been presented as far as providing a way to utilize this property in a way that still brings a residential flavor to the neighborhood,” said Village Trustee Michael McDonald.
According to the developer’s plan, all six buildings would be one-story. Each building would contain 25 rooms with a common dining area, living space and laundry room.
Developer Wayne Wegenke said the project would be phased in, and each building would be constructed as the demand arises. He said all six buildings would likely be constructed over a four-year period.
Wegenke said he completed a similar project consisting of two assisted living facilities recently in Slinger off of Highway 60 and Highway 41. Wegenke said the development in Menomonee Falls will maintain a neighborhood feel.
“They are meant to appear very residential,” Wegenke said. “They are commercial quality but have a residential look.”
The developer’s plans may be tweaked as it makes it’s way through the approval process with the village. However, it appears that the Plan Commission has found a good fit for this space in the village.