Shorewood Senior living facility clears hurdle
Plan Commission approves zoning, trustees have final say
Shorewood — A senior living facility proposed in Shorewood's River District cleared its first major hurdle Tuesday night.
Following a public hearing where developers fielded detailed questions, the Shorewood Plan Commission put their stamp of approval on a zoning petition to allow for a senior living facility on the former Pig N' Whistle and Sherburn Place Apartments sites on Capitol Drive. This was the third time the Plan Commission met to discuss the development proposed by Florida-based senior living firm Harbor Retirement Associates.
The zoning for the 96-unit assisted living and memory-care facility in Shorewood's third tax incremental financing district will now go to the Village Board with a positive recommendation from the Plan Commission. Both governing bodies have to approve the zoning in order for the development to move forward because the site, which encompasses two parcels at 1111 E. Capitol Drive and 3901 N. Sherburn Place, lies in a planned development district.
The facility will house both assisted living and memory care units, with a maximum capacity of 102 residents, Village President Guy Johnson said. A two-story common area will separate the memory care units from the assisted living units. There will be 56 assisted living units that face Capitol Drive in a four-story portion of the building, and 36 memory care units will be located in one story on the opposite side. The site plan calls for heavy landscaping throughout the facility, particularly along the Oak Leaf Trail.
Lisa Nobel from the Shorewood Conservation Committee said during the public hearing that the committee's biggest concern was stormwater retention. Project Architect Mike Oates from Eppstein Uhen Architects said the stormwater from rain will go into internal roof drains and funnel into the sewer. Water will also be collected in an on-site retention pond.
All of the stormwater will go into the stormwater system except for the water that falls on the green roof portion of the building, Oates said. Any runoff will be captured in the storm sewers and directed to an existing outfall that serves Capital Drive, Village Engineer Mustafa Emir said.
The Conservation Committee was also concerned about oils and dirt from a new public road the village is planning to construct along the river. The 24-foot roadway will be called Estabrook Parkway (extending the road south of Capitol) and feed into the senior living facility and a parcel behind the complex. It will run parallel with the Milwaukee River on the bluff and is part of the village's river site restoration plan.
Because the road will be constructed according to village standards Emir said they will implement "best management practices" within the public street itself. For example, infiltration trenches will be used along the roadway, similar to other village roads.
"The feel of it will be very similar to our other streets," Emir said.
Some rules may not apply
Because the street runs along the river, the standard guidelines of village roads may not apply. Residential roads, for example, have lighting and trees. Bright lighting may not work on the new roadway to maintain the natural setting of the river. Or, they could implement a barrier to prevent the light from polluting the river.
"That's the give and take," Emir said.
The Plan Commission will review plans for Estabrook Parkway at a later date.
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