Grassroots Tosa Opposes the Development of Apartment Complex on Underwood Avenue

Grassroots Tosa Steering Committee speak out against local development on Underwood Avenue.

We are concerned about the planned development of a four-story apartment/retail complex at 1463 Underwood Ave.  We believe that such a structure is inappropriate for that location and does not fit into a balanced approach to community development.

The Wauwatosa Village is made up of many unique buildings which embody its history and character.  We have a responsibility to preserve that character in any additional development that is approved.  The huge modern boxy structure planned at that site would dominate that entire location, and in addition, is simply very unattractive.

We also ask the planners to consider the increase in traffic and crowding that would be brought by such a large development at that already busy corner, and the precedent it would set for further development in the village.  We hope input from the neighbors on Church St., in particular, will be taken seriously.  Their quality of life and property values will be directly impacted with a four story wall abutting their property lines.

We urge the Community Development Authority and city officials to proceed cautiously and take time to seek other more moderate proposals for that site that would enhance the historical character of the village.  It is an important site with much potential.  Let’s do it right.

Thank you,

Submitted by Dale Dulberger on behalf of the Grassroots Tosa Steering Committee

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sarah53213 December 25, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Yes Dale, the empty lot and old building on the corner is adding so much to the village(sarcasm)
Random Blog Commenter December 27, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Population density and mixed used development are key components of smart growth planning. A high population base within walking distance of the village is what will keep it a thriving commercial district with a diversity of businesses. I also don't see this building contributing significantly to traffic -- the traffic that is a problem for the village is that which is simply passing through, not that to which is either going to or from the village. Residents of this building will likely walk to the many amenities of this area. They will also have good access to transit routes that lead directly to Mayfair Mall, downtown and the medical complex. A more vibrant and economically robust village area will add significantly to property values along Chuch St.
Kathleen P December 27, 2012 at 09:35 PM
bravo, Dale! preserving the character of the village with thoughtful development is in everyone's best interest.


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