Opponents of East Side apartment development drop lawsuit

A proposal to build a 55-unit apartment complex on land owned by St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 2618 N. Hackett Ave., has been approved by the City Plan Commission. (Rendered courtesy of HGA Architects and Engineers)

A group of five East Side condo owners who have filed a lawsuit against the City of Milwaukee opposing plans for a 55-unit apartment development near Downer Avenue, said today they gave up the trial.

“We are withdrawing the lawsuit, for now,” the group said today on his website. “Realizing that the lawsuit we filed on August 18 complicates communication with the city, developers and others, we are today filing a motion with the court to have it withdrawn.”

Last week, the town planning committee voted unanimously to support the plans for the 55-unit apartment complex on land owned by St. Mark’s Episcopal Church at the corner of North Hackett Avenue and Belleview Place, near Downer Avenue.

The commission’s conditional recommendation requires the developer, DeMichele Company, LLC, to work with the city’s Department of Public Works and the City’s Development Department to conduct a study of how the development might impact on traffic in the 2600 block of North Hackett Avenue. , which is a one-way street heading north. Residents opposed to the project cited traffic impacts as one of the main concerns of the project. Other concerns have been related to the density of the project.

“At least we were able to get some of our points through,” the condo owners group said on its website today. “Is such a big leap in zoning really necessary? Why? What about the process? Should we accept that the city did not foresee this change but reacted with a simple yes/no to a single project from a single promoter? How can this process provide the most benefit to all of its citizens?

“We realize we are lucky to live in a neighborhood that has enough disposable income and time to organize and take legal action so we can have a voice and not be ignored,” the group said on its website. “That doesn’t make us NIMBYs. No one should have to sue the city for a good faith say in the development of their neighborhood. We would like this to set a precedent for how all areas of the city should be treated.

Lora M. Andrew