Glendale — The developer who wants to turn the former Prange Greenhouse site into a 96-bed assisted living center was presented with an unexpected delay Dec. 12 when the Glendale Common Council delayed a public hearing on the project until February.

Glendale aldermen were originally expected to set a public hearing for the rezoning of the project in January, but the city officials decided to delay the public hearing until February so that all residents bordered by Good Hope Road, Green Bay Road and Range Line Road can be notified of the meeting. The Prange Greenhouse site is at the northeast corner of West Good Hope and North Range Line roads.

The city is required to notify residents within 200 feet of any rezoning proposal, but Richard Wiese, the alderman for that area, went above and beyond that requirement by notifying all of the residents in the neighborhood immediately north of the assisted living project. Wiese also held a community meeting in September so residents in that neighborhood could ask questions of the developer.

That notification was not sufficient for Joshua Wadzinski, who lives north of that area. He first heard of the project when he was preparing to serve on his first Glendale Plan Commission meeting on Dec. 6. Wadzinski was one of two plan commissioners to vote against the rezoning of the property at that meeting.

Since that meeting, Wadzinski said he has been talking with his neighbors north of the River Edge subdivision, and most of them are not aware of the assisted living proposal on Good Hope Road. At the next common council meeting on Dec. 12, Wadzinski asked the common council to delay the January public hearing so that neighbors north of the project could become informed of the proposal.

Wadzinski, who is an architect, said he would like the developer to reduce the number of units and break up the two large buildings into smaller clusters to avoid having a "gigantic hip roof."

The project, proposed by developer Simon Donets, would construct two single-story, 26-foot-tall buildings with a total of 80 assisted living units and 92 beds. The two large buildings would be positioned further north in the lot, and the DNR-mandated drainage pond south would be located closer to Good Hope Road. He would sell one to three lots to a single-family home builder.

Donets has been working on this project for three years. Before proposing the most recent version of the project, Donets won city approval to build two 20-unit assisted living facilities and an eight-lot subdivision. Those plans were upended when the Department of Natural Resources informed him of soil contamination that increased the cost of the project and made it financially impractical to develop five of the single family homes.

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