Major makeover for former SMC development project

New proposal envisions 2-story apartment buildings

A development project proposed for the former Shawano Medical Center property that had a number of neighbors up in arms earlier this year has gone through a total revamp and will get a new public hearing later this month.

“Because of the significant change, it has to go back for review,” said City Administrator Brian Knapp. “We’re basically starting from scratch.”

Tadych Investment Partners, LLC, of Green Bay, had originally proposed a four-story, 39-unit luxury apartment building and 25 single-family condominiums on the property.

According to Knapp, Tadych subsequently determined the smaller lots were not economically feasible.

In a letter that went out to neighbors Friday, Knapp wrote Tadych determined “that the occupant-owned single-family condominium or individual lot concept is not a viable economic option as ‘new build’ costs cannot be supported by local comparable sales and the risk for speculative builders is simply too great.”

Tadych has since scrapped its original plan and is now proposing eight two-story luxury apartment buildings consisting of eight units each, for a total of 64 luxury apartment homes.

Each unit would be a two-bedroom, two-bath apartment and feature sophisticated finishes, a balcony or terrace with a view of the Wolf River and have its own private entry and private two-stall garage.

“The bulk, stature and exterior design of each building will be much more in keeping with the two-story and single level nature of existing homes in the area,” Knapp wrote. “While the ‘target market’ will be empty-nesters and mobile professionals, the development will not be age-restricted.”

The buildings would be positioned around the exterior of the site to enhance the site’s park-like setting and create a buffer between the buildings.

Guest parking would be concentrated in the center of the site to make it more accessible to all units.

The now-jettisoned four-story apartment complex that was originally proposed was a major objection of neighbors, but it remains to be seen how they will react to the new plan.

They will get their chance to voice their opinions at a Shawano Plan Commission meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 28 at City Hall, 127 S. Sawyer St.