NEW BERLIN - The second development proposed for section 35 here crossed the finish line last week and is ready to go, while two other projects in and near the New Berlin City Center moved forward.
Red Fox Crossing, also known as the Neumann plan, proposes building 34 homes at section 35's northeast corner. Section 35 is the largest remaining tract of farmland east of Moorland Road. Red Fox Crossing, 5601 S. Sunnyslope Road, received a rezoning Nov. 15 and New Berlin Common Council approval last week.
Still making its way through the city approval process are a proposed PDQ gas station/convenience store for the New Berlin City Center, and a chapel for a nearby church. Both moved forward at the city's architectural review committee.
Modifications to the PDQ plan that developers made since their appearance Jan. 31 before the committee met with reasonable satisfaction, although the committee called for additional changes. The plan was slated to come back to committee Tuesday.
There is still no word on whether there would be enough room for the New Berlin Farmer's Market to move in next door to the proposed PDQ. One of the attractive elements of the PDQ plan, officials said, was that the gas station/convenience store would not take up the entire parcel it would sit on. It would leave room for the farmers market in the summer and continued Christmas tree sales in winter.
Although the committee welcomed the warmer color tones now planned for the building base, rather than the gray that was originally proposed, it pointed out that the builders cannot use split faced concrete blocks for more than 15 percent of the building, under City Center design guidelines. The committee gave examples of other materials the builders might use.
Also, because the gas station would be in the City Center, the committee wanted to dress up the canopy over the pumps. Greg Kessler, development director, said the canopy should look less like a gas station canopy and be more in harmony with the PDQ building and with the farmers market, should it move in.
One option discussed was a canopy roof with varied elevations creating air and light between the levels. If the PDQ proposal wins architectural review approval, it will still have to go before the plan commission.
Winning architectural approval last week was a proposed chapel at Holy Apostles Catholic Church, 16000 W. National Ave. The 400-square-foot chapel addition on the west side of the building would have stained glass windows facing National Avenue. It too will go to the plan commission.