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Brown Deer delays Plan Commission review of Beaver Creek proposal

Residents offer mixed feedback on change in developer's plans

June 12, 2013

Brown Deer — At the request of developer General Capital, the village has put its consideration of a Bradley Crossing-like apartment complex on hold.

The Plan Commission, originally scheduled to review on Monday General Capital's 44-unit rental expansion at the Beaver Creek site on 60th Street and Brown Deer Road, will take the matter up at a later date. Plan Commission meetings are usually held the second Monday of any given month. Barring a special meeting, that would make the next regularly scheduled commission meeting July 8. The Community Development Authority will still review the underlying financial agreement between General Capital and the village Thursday, as scheduled.

In a letter, General Capital Partner Sig Strautmanis requested the review be laid over until the village and developer could work out the details of an Operational Development Agreement.

"We feel it is important to document the details of the operation including management, security, trash removal and so on," wrote Strautmanis.

"We need to have that development agreement in place if the Plan Commission is going to change the zoning," Zoning and Planning Director Nate Piotrowski said at the meeting Monday. "It was apparent that the document wasn't ready."

Residents express views

Though the Beaver Creek proposal had been taken off the Plan Commission agenda, several residents showed up to weigh in on the project.

Resident Mike Christopulos echoed the statements he made in opposition to the project at a special May 28 Plan Commission meeting, referencing the stability of owner-occuped condos and the 1,080 signature petition that urges village officials to deny General Capital's proposal.

"General Capital is employing some delaying tactics to cool down the ardor of the vast majority of Brown Deer residents who oppose (the Beaver Creek project)," Christopulos said said.

Leader in low-income housing

Other residents brought up North Shore rental and low-income statistics which weren't complete at the May 28 meeting but have since been filled out by Piotrowski. According to those statistics, pulled from 2010 census data, Brown Deer is second only to Shorewood in rental units by percentage of total housing stock, and leads the North Shore in percentage of low-income housing.

The only North Shore low-income housing Piotrowski reported finding outside of Brown Deer was the River Park Apartments complex in southern Shorewood. The data also shows low-income housing in Glendale, though a lesser percentage than in Brown Deer.

Beaver Creek resident Joe Klucarich, whose condo will be bought back by General Capital if their proposal is approved, came out to show support for the project. In a written statement to the Plan Commission, he said that like many area property owners he was wary at first of the developer's apartment proposal, but has since been won over after meeting with General Capital. He cautioned commissioners not to take their decision lightly when the time comes.

"You are now dealing with the lives and welfare of people," wrote Klucarich. "The types of buildings becomes incidental by comparison. Our well-being and future rests with your support of the Beaver Creek community."

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