CITY OF CEDARBURG - Plans for an apartment complex on the site of St. Francis Borgia Church on Hamilton Road and Washington Avenue have been scaled back.

It has been more than two months since HSI Properties presented the Cedarburg Common Council with the original plans for a multifamily housing development of three, three-story buildings made up of 89 units. Since then, after pushback from residents in the vicinity and discussions by the council and plan commission, HSI Properties submitted revised plans for the development that will be reviewed by the plan commission March 6.

The new plans call for 69 total units, bringing the overall density down to 18.2 units per acre. Residents were concerned that the previous plans called for 26.2 units per acre, exceeding the city's zoning and land use plan of 16.1 acres allowed in high-density areas. Some residents, while supportive of a development on the site, were also weary of the proposed three-story buildings. The revised plans now call for two-story sections of the development.

A Jan. 30 council meeting was highlighted by several members of the community who voiced their opinions on not only the development, but the means by which the city and the council have handled the process.

Local teacher Vera Brissman spoke on behalf of Friends of Historic Cedarburg, a group that has criticized the development, displaying "Vote No" signs on their front lawns. Brissman criticized the council for referring to them as the "opposition" and implored them to heed the concerns of the community.

According to Brissman, the Friends of Historic Cedarburg want to make sure that any new developments fit into the visual identity of Cedarburg without compromising the historic district.

"We may not be able to stop this project completely, but we want people in Cedarburg to know that this affects everyone," said Brassman, who also voiced concerns about how the new development would affect roads and traffic in the area.

Council member Jack Arnett understood and respected the opinions of those in attendance, and reiterated the need for clear communication between the city, the community, and the developers.

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