Progress slow on Deer Creek Inn
Infrastructure work done; developer has until 2011 to start construction
New Berlin — Construction of the 405-room Deer Creek Inn & Conference Center with an indoor water park, restaurants and stores made a little headway this year, although there had been hopes that it would be finished by now.
The multi-million dollar Deer Creek Inn & Conference Center is planned for the southwest corner of Greenfield Avenue and Moorland Road.
The city granted approvals in 2008 and a lawsuit involving the seven-story, 94-foot height of the project also was settled in spring 2008. At the time, the expectation was that construction would start late that summer.
But it was not until June 2009 when New Berlin issued a building permit for the foundation and footings. At that time officials believed the project was at last on the road. The underground work was done along with utilities, and the six-acre site was cleared, city officials said.
But they have heard nothing from developer Donald Kitten about when the rest of the project is to be completed. Kitten did not return several phone calls.
He has until June 2011 to start construction, New Berlin Mayor Jack Chiovatero said.
The delay is already a problem for neighbors in the Deer Creek Run apartments just south of the project, said Timothy Timmerman, director of operations for Janacek Investment, owner of Deer Creek Run.
"Now we hear the traffic from Greenfield," Timmerman said. Thick woods had protected the apartment residents from noise before, he said. But the trees were cleared for the project.
But the residents will have to wait until construction starts, Greg Kessler, community development director, wrote in an e-mail to Timmerman. It would be unreasonable, considering the status of the project, to ask the property owner or developer to plant additional trees or bushes, Kessler wrote.
But once construction starts, he assured that the city will enforce the landscaping plan that calls for a buffer.
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