The "Vote No" lawn signs can be seen in front of almost every house on Washington Avenue between Lincoln Boulevard and Hamilton Road, near the site of the proposed apartment buildings.
At the Jan. 9 meeting of the Cedarburg Common Council, several members of the community voiced their concerns out of turn regarding the new development. They joined many of their neighbors who have voiced their opinions about the development, whether it be in support or protest.
The common council has been awaiting the updated plans for the three-building, 87-unit development from the developer, HSI Properties, since November. A Nov. 14 resulted in the council voting to postpone action on the proposal until the developer revised the plans based on the discussion.
Council member Jack Arnett has been less concerned with the proposed plans and the uproar it caused, and more concerned with the lack of credible information about the project that is available to the community. In his closing statement at the Jan. 9 meeting, Arnett spoke about the need for patience until the updated plans are presented.
"I wanted the community to understand that the best source of information regarding the development is from the developer, and that we should wait until we see the plans to re-open the discussion," Arnett said in regard to his comments at the meeting. "People are reacting to the information that's out there, and not all of it is accurate."
After presenting the updated plans to the common council, the developers are expected to meet with opponents of the project to hear their concerns, a gesture that Arnett hopes will bridge the divide in opinions.
Two of the proposed buildings would be located behind St. Francis Borgia Church on the site of the former parish school, with the third building located across from the church on Hamilton Road. HSI Properties would have to demolish the school and rectory, both of which are located within the boundaries of the historic district. Opponents of the new buildings argue that the three-story buildings would be out of place in proximity to the historic district, while supporters of the project see the potential for more diverse housing options in Cedarburg.
A representative for HSI Properties could not be reached for comment.