New Berlin, WI tentatively resolves housing dispute

The Common Council Tuesday night approved an agreement that could ultimately resolve a dispute with MSP Real Estate over a proposed affordable housing project.

The council by a 4-3 vote approved a memorandum of understanding with MSP and Deer Creek Homes that could resolve the federal lawsuit MSP filed against the city over the project.

City officials would not release details of the agreement Tuesday night because it had not yet been approved by MSP and its attorneys.

The agreement could pave the way for MSP to build 102 units.

Aldermen Dave Ament, Laura Karvala and Ronald Seidl voted against the agreement and Mayor Jack Chiovatero cast the tiebreaking vote.

Karvala was an organizer of Concerned Citizens of New Berlin, a group that opposed the housing project but she left the group when she was elected to the council.

MSP Real Estate Inc. was given the go-ahead to construct three buildings containing a total of 102 units along Library Lane in the City Center.

The development is smaller in scope than the 80 affordable residences, termed workforce apartments, and 100 senior apartments that the City’s Plan Commission approved in May 2010 and then rescinded two months later after public opposition erupted over MSP’s plans.

The city’s denial of the project prompted two federal lawsuits.

Read more at Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

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About Bob Voelker

Head of the Munsch Hardt (Dallas law firm) Hospitality & Mixed Use Development Group, and former developer of affordable housing. I'm i
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