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A proposed assisted living facility at the site of the former Seven Seas property that was criticized by some residents will no longer include a restaurant.
Under a new proposal by Castle Senior Living, the restaurant and banquet building and other structures on the site at 1807 Nagawicka Road in the city of Delafield would be razed. In its place, a community-based residential facility would be built.
Kris Kiefer, the owner and vice president of Castle Senior Living, said the project has the support of the Weissgerber family, which owns the property, and the support of the neighbors directly the north and east of the property.
“We are no longer proposing a restaurant use on this site,” Kiefer wrote in the proposal. “The CBRF, assisted living home, will take care of frail elderly residents. Our new plan fits into the neighborhood better than previous uses and substantially improves the property.”
Seven Seas permanently closed at the end of 2020. It is listed for sale for $4.95 million, according to its real estate listing on the Coldwell Banker website. There is a contingent offer on the property, but a sale has not been finalized.
Kiefer said changes were made to the proposal to address the concerns of the neighbors and the plan commission. At the February plan commission meeting, residents expressed concerns about noise, increased traffic and the effect the development could have on property values. Signs have also popped up in the city opposing “multifamily apartment development.”
Tim Aicher, a plan commission member and president of the common council, said in March that Seven Seas was considered grandfathered in when it came to zoning for lake property.
“It was an existing nonconforming conditional use,” Aicher said. “The restaurant was able to stay there indefinitely, and that’s what they’ve done for a long time. They did minor renovations to it, but a major renovation to an existing nonconforming use would not be allowed.”
Aicher added that a community-based residential facility is a permitted conditional use in every zoning district in the city.
Regarding other concerns like traffic, Kiefer said “almost all” of the residents will not drive.
“We will have some visitors and staff, but with the restaurant/event space no longer here, traffic will decrease substantially,” he said.
According to the proposal, the two-story building structure is listed at 42,934 square feet, compared to the previous proposal of 55,871 square feet. The new proposal calls for 54 units and 78 parking stalls.
The proposal will have a public hearing at the April 28 plan commission meeting.
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