By Kevin Boneske
ASHWAUBENON – A site plan for the first of what could become several buildings along Mike McCarthy Way was approved Tuesday, Jan. 26, by village council.
Merge Urban Development previously entered into a development agreement with the village to build the project on property owned by the Ashwaubenon Community Development Authority on the north side of Mike McCarthy Way between Holmgren Way and South Ashland Avenue.
Merge plans to construct a five-story mixed-use building with 3,100 square feet of commercial space on the first floor, 88 multi-family residential units on the second through fifth floors, and a 12,000 square foot climbing gym on the east side of the building. building.
Community development manager Aaron Schuette said the L-shaped building will have a public courtyard in front and off-street parking along the west and north sides of the building with underground parking not possible in the area due to the slick groundwater.
Schuette said the approved site plan only included the residential and commercial parts of the project, with the exterior elevations of the climbing gym not ready for submission at this time, but would be considered for a future. site review by Site Plan Review Committee, Plan Commission. and the board of directors.
“It’s a beautiful building, and I love that it’s all masonry,” said village president Mary Kardoskee. “He will be really beautiful for a long time.”
Schuette said conditions for approval include that the exterior of the climbing gym be submitted separately for review of the site plan, coordinating with the public works and forestry departments regarding the feasibility of the proposed flowerbeds on along Mike McCarthy Way and all metal wall panels using fully concealed fasteners.
He said the project would also involve cutting a new driveway and closing an existing one, which will require the restoration of on-street parking spaces.
With a development agreement already approved for the project, Schuette said Merge is in the process of obtaining a certified survey map approved to combine two parcels into one to facilitate development of the site.
He said construction of the building could begin this year.
Administrator Gary Paul said he hopes the development will attract more people to the area.
“There is more land there that could be used for other developments,” he said. “I think it’s going well, and like I said, we’re getting another great structure.”