Friendlier market makes New Berlin neighbors feel at home again
Three lots will be developed as single-family homes, not duplexes, after all
New Berlin — A controversial plan to build three lots as duplexes instead of single-family homes in the Walnut Court area has been dropped.
A hearing was to have been held last week before the New Berlin Plan Commission, but James Krahn withdrew his rezoning request for the proposal that had touched off a petition and protests from neighbors. The lots, which have now been sold, will be developed for single-family homes, as was originally intended under city guidelines.
The lots' buyer started grading them for homes last week, Krahn said.
As recently as May, Krahn had all but given up finding a buyer willing to build single-family homes on the three lots. The only interested buyer wanted to build duplexes, he said, prompting him to make the rezoning request, much to the dismay of neighbors.
But now three months later, Krahn said, "I'm very happy ... and they're getting what they wanted."
In May he told the Plan Commission at a public hearing that the asking prices have come down from $150,000 to $60,000, and, still, not a single offer had been made. The lots are assessed at $89,200, $60,600 and $60,500.
Krahn isn't saying what he eventually got for the lots. "That's personal information," he said.
The lots are in a 14-acre development known as the North Oak Estates Condominiums at 14500 W. Beloit Road. It consists of five eight-family condominium buildings and lots for three planned single-family homes along Walnut Court. The three single-family homes were planned as a buffer between the condominiums and the homes across the street.
A petition that organizers said was signed by 56 neighbors opposing rezoning for duplexes was presented.
Some people at the hearing spoke in favor of the proposed rezoning because the developer who wanted to build duplexes had offered to pay for the final layer of asphalt on the related roads. That would save the condo association up to $84,000, they said.
Krahn said the condo owners won't have to pay for the final asphalt layer because he has an accepted offer on land at the north end of the development and the buyer has agreed to pay for the roads.
— Jane Ford-Stewart
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