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Muskego - The Common Council was expected to approve rezoning this week for a 111-unit senior living facility on Janesville Road that is the property formerly occupied by the Heritage Presbyterian Church.

The senior facility would be on the southern 4.18 acres of the church property. The church building is still on the northern section that is up for sale, the church having held its services at the Tudor Oaks Senior Living Center, S77 W12929 McShane Drive, Muskego, since May.

The two-story facility is proposed for Janesville Road on vacant land west of Lakepoint Church, S63 W13694 Janesville Road. No one spoke at a rezoning hearing. If the rezoning is approved, the senior facility project can go ahead, the Muskego Plan Commission having given site, building and landscaping approval last week.The plan commission also recommended the rezoning.

The two-story 108,874 square foot facility would have 32 independent living apartments, 37 assisted living units and 42 memory care units. A total of 100 to 120 residents would live there.

The facility would be operated by Heritage Senior Living that has senior living facilities in Elm Grove, West Allis, Menomonee Falls, Greenfield, New Berlin, Port Washington and others in Dane County and Eau Claire.

Current zoning is government/institutional and public service. The developer, MSP Real Estate, is asking for business zoning.

The senior living project got high marks from Alderman Neil Borgman who sits on the plan commission and in whose district the facility would be built. He toured the almost identical Heritage facility in Elm Grove.

“It was a really, really nice development. The grounds were immaculate and the people there were happy, involved, and engaged and the staff couldn’t do more,” Borgman said. They were eager to do a good job for the residents, he said.

“I think it’ll be a really great addition to our community,” he said. “They’ll have it full before it’s all built.”

The development would be self-contained. At the Elm Grove facility Borgman aid there was a store offering the basics, a bank, a movie theater, and meal options.

Former alderman and current plan commission member Noah Fiedler said, "It's a beautiful building."

Muskego already has some senior living centers and they are great additions to the community, he said.

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