Work begins to realize vision for Verona’s former Sugar Creek Elementary property

Posted by on Mar 21, 2022 in News | 0 comments

Work begins to realize vision for Verona’s former Sugar Creek Elementary property

VERONA, WISC. (WITH EXCERPTS FROM WKOW.COM): In a public private partnership with the City of Verona, local real estate developers The Alexander Company and Steve Brown Apartments – working together with consultant Vandewalle & Associates for master plan, entitlement, visioning, and graphics – have commenced construction at the former Sugar Creek Elementary School site on Verona Avenue to create a new community hub and destination.

The City of Verona selected the development team last year in a competitive, public proposal process. Through this public private partnership, the City of Verona was able to successfully ensure the right partners were selected to bring the City’s vision to fruition: a unique development that is a benefit to the Verona community and an extension of Verona’s downtown.

“This project will provide housing that will allow people who work in Verona to be able to live in Verona,” said Mayor Luke Diaz. “Furthermore, the project will feature a fantastic two-acre-plus park, which will serve as an excellent
community gathering space for all Verona residents.”

The broad vision for the entire redevelopment concept (see Vandewalle & Associates illustration) entails the creation of an inspiring, multi-generational, pedestrian-friendly community hub knit into the heart of Hometown, USA. This lively new destination will have a “city scene” vibe that draws people in with its cohesive mix of park and cultural facilities, intriguing experiential activities, and a vibrant mix of street-facing shops – all flanked by a blend of multi-family, mixed-income housing.

The Alexander Company will be delivering 100 units of affordable, workforce housing. As a nod to the site’s former use, the new community will be called Schoolhouse Yards and offer one- and two-bedroom apartment homes for individuals and families earning 50% to 60% of area median incomes.

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