Two months after a developer asked Beloit city councilors to support an apartment complex on the city’s northeast side, a new developer is asking for similar support to rezone land just to the south on Elmwood Avenue.
Jack Meyers owns the land at 1710 Elmwood Avenue, which is adjacent to the apartment complex proposal area just west of Kadlec Drive and south of East Carolyn Drive.
The city council held a workshop in May to discuss the Kadlec Drive complex proposed by Nicolet Lumber Company, and councilors expressed concern about traffic issues that could result in nearby neighborhoods.
Councilor Dave Luebke proposed during the workshop to extend Kadlec Drive south to meet up with Elmwood Avenue in order to prevent traffic from going through surrounding neighborhoods. The land needed to extend the road is owned by Meyers, however.
Julie Christensen, director of community development for the city, said Meyers has proposed several residential housing projects on the property, however, no development occurred.
Recently Meyers reached out to the city to rezone his property from R-2, Two-Family Residential District to R-3, Low Density, Multi-Family Residential District. Christensen said Meyers also was willing to dedicate the land needed to extend Kadlec Drive south to meet Elmwood Avenue.
Christensen said the council approved a rezoning of the property to R-2 a number of years ago, but Meyers hasn’t been able to market the land to other developers to build housing on the land.
An R-3 zoning would allow for more apartment style and multi-family housing as opposed to single-family housing with an R-2 zoning.
Nicolet Lumber has not filed an application since hosting the workshop in May, Christensen said.
“If (Meyers) does dedicate the street, I would suspect we will see the proposal (from Nicolet),” she said.
Nicolet Lumber’s proposal includes constructing five buildings with 12 apartment units each. One condominium with six units is already built on the property.
The apartments would have their own attached garage with stainless steel appliances, faux granite countertops and upgraded vinyl flooring in the kitchens and baths.
The proposal is similar to one made by DMW Development LLC in 2009 when it owned Nicolet Lumber’s land and the property adjacent to the north. DMW Development built an apartment complex further north on Kadlec Drive, and planned to build condominiums and single-family housing on the land now owned by Nicolet Lumber.
However, after the housing market crashed the developers changed their plans in 2009 to more apartment housing.
The city council at the time rejected the proposal after residents around the project opposed the apartments.
Christensen said if Meyers dedicates the land he would have to pay for the road to be put in. However, if the land does get dedicated the city could look into paying to have the road built and adding it to Meyers’ property tax as a special assessment.
The Plan Commission will hear Meyers’ proposal for rezoning tonight during its meeting, and make a recommendation to the city council. The council will likely vote on the issue during its Aug. 18 meeting.