A local business that has outgrown its current location will be moving into a space previously occupied by Jump Around Gymnastics after a conditional use permit was approved by the DeForest Planning and Zoning Commission last week.
CrossFit DeForest, which opened in January this year, has garnered so much support from clients that it’s in need of a new space already. The business offers a variety of options for customers, including CrossFit classes and open gym times, as well as yoga and kids classes. Currently located at 204 Columbia Avenue in DeForest, the business will be relocating to 805 Burton Boulevard, which was where Jump Around Gymnastics was stationed before it moved to its new building off of River Road last month.
Zoning Administrator Brandi Cooper called the business’ need for more space “a good problem for them to have,” during the commission’s Nov. 27 meeting.
“It’s a good thing they’re growing so fast that they’ve actually outgrown the space that they currently have,” Cooper said.
Before approving the conditional use permit, the commission only discussed one issue: parking. The building that CrossFit DeForest will be moving into has five units, with only one currently occupied by Sunrise Auction. Presently, there are seven parking stalls near the proposed CrossFit location, along with four stalls near Sunrise Auction’s space. There are also nine parking stalls on one side of the building and another 16 on the other side.
According to Cooper, CrossFit DeForest has about 20 participants per class. Assuming they all drive their own vehicles, Cooper said there would be sufficient parking right now for the two businesses, but it may be an issue that needs to be reviewed if other businesses move into the building.
“At this point, we’re satisfied with it, but it could be something that we have to revisit later to require them to enhance the parking on the site,” Cooper said.
Commissioner Thomas Sandow said he didn’t see parking being an issue for CrossFit DeForest participants after witnessing many cars being at the building when Jump Around Gymnastics was located there.
CrossFit DeForest’s owners, Pat Quinn and Caitlyn Fischer, said there could be more than 20 cars at the building due to some classes beginning back to back, but that overlap between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. would likely occur outside of normal business hours for other tenants.
Commission Chair Jason Kramar called the gym’s situation “a great story.”
“I think it’s a great use for an existing space and we had a user grow out of that,” Kramar said.
CrossFit DeForest’s conditional use permit passed unanimously in a 5-0 vote. Commissioners Chip Van Meter and Scott Reigstad were not in attendance at the Nov. 27 meeting. Neither was Alternate Commissioner Mike Hickok.
Commission approves multi-unit plan for Conservancy Place
The final development plan for 33 condominium units within nine duplex buildings and five triplex buildings southeast of Conservancy Commons Park was also unanimously approved by the commission at its Nov. 27 meeting.
Fourteen of the units will be accessed from Conservancy Plaza while the other 19 units will be served by a private road extending from the intersection of Conservancy Plaza and Yellowwood Lane, according to a memo provided to the commission by Village Planning Consultant Mark Roffers.
Each of the condo units will have a two-car garage, screened porch and grill deck, according to Roffers’ memo. In the duplex buildings, each unit will have 1,445 square feet on the main level, up to 966 square feet on the lower level, two to four bedrooms, two or three bathrooms and a covered front porch. As for the triplex buildings, those units will have 1,766 square feet on the top two levels plus finished lower level space, three bedrooms and two bathrooms, according to Roffers’ memo.
According to the project’s developer, Bryan Sipple with Classic Custom Homes, the target population for the duplexes will be ages 55 and older and the townhouses be marketed for a younger demographic. He told commissioners the price points will be $279,000 to $289,000 per unit for the triplex buildings and likely $325,000 to $350,000 for the duplex units.
When the DeForest Village Board reviewed the project plans at a meeting last month, one of the concerns discussed was the development’s private street. At that time, Kramar said he was a “hard no” when it came to the project.
However, as stated during the village board’s meeting, Sipple said DeForest Windsor Fire and EMS Department officials reviewed the proposal and gave it “full support” after the street’s cul-de-sac width was altered to allow for enough space for the department’s new ladder truck. Sipple said developers also plan to reinforce a nearby trail head, which will allow for emergency vehicles to be able to back up and turn around when on the private drive.
Roffers said he and village staff felt the project “is the appropriate setting for a private road within a condominium development.”
Kramar said the street width issue was no longer “a factor” for him anymore during last week’s meeting.
“If there’s going to be something that’s dual or tri, this would be a place for it that makes sense,” Kramar said. “… I’ve got nothing left but to support it.”
Commissioner Jim Simpson called the project “a really appropriate setting as far as the mix of multi-family” and said he would argue if someone said the site should be used for single family homes.
The development will also dedicate over three acres of conservancy land to the village. According to Roffers’ memo, the dedication will include a segment of the Upper Yahara River Trail that’s currently in an easement and proposed public trail and utility connections. The development’s private road will have a public bike/pedestrian access easement and a public trail off of its southeast end which will connect to an existing village trail, according to his memo.
Sipple said they could potentially break ground on the development this month. The commission also recommended approval of a certified survey map associated with the project which will have to be given final approval by the village board because it includes the public land dedication.