SHEBOYGAN – A major housing development is closer to becoming a reality after the Sheboygan City Plan Commission approved a conditional use permit by General Capital Group to build the $30 million Berkshire Sheboygan Riverfront apartments and townhomes. The approval came at the Plan Commission’s meeting at City Hall on Tuesday, April 11.
The development, which will cover 1.9 acres at the former J.J. Koepsell property on Indiana Avenue between South 9th and South 10th Streets, consists of 83 units of affordable senior housing units and 18 separate live-work units with no age restriction. There will also be a satellite office for the Family Service Association of Sheboygan on site.
The five-story senior housing building will include four levels of one and two-bedroom apartments, and a lower level consisting of a lobby, leasing office and parking garage. The U-shaped courtyard-style structure will offer residents views of either the city, Lake Michigan or the Sheboygan River.
According to the developer, the building will also feature a fitness center, Wi-Fi café and other community spaces to encourage residents to stay active and engaged in their surroundings. The building’s largest gathering space will be on the top floor, which will provide all residents with prime river and lake views.
The 18 live-work units will be housed in a separate two-sided building along Indiana Avenue, with nine of the dwellings facing the street. The two-story townhomes will have three bedrooms and 1,445 square feet of space.
Due to their location and design, the townhomes also provide residents an opportunity to use the first level for a small business or studio.
The Berkshire, which has been in the works for nearly two years, addresses the city’s needs for both affordable and senior housing, and revitalizes parcels that have been underutilized for several years.
In addition to the apartments and townhomes, the property will include a pocket park/entertainment venue to be operated and maintained by the city.
General Capital Group expects to close on the property in late May or early June. According to the development agreement approved by the Sheboygan Common Council last month, construction of the complex will begin on or before Dec. 31, 2023. Construction is expected to take approximately 12-14 months.
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