Sugar Creek Elementary School Site

Development Process

On June 22, 2020, the Common Council authorized Staff to work with the Steve Brown Apartments on the redevelopment of the Sugar Creek and New Century School sites. The entire selection process and other applications can be viewed in the below text. In October of 2020, Steve Brown Apartments and Alexander Company requested approval by the Plan Commission (YouTube) and the Common Council to review their General Development Plan and Zoning Map Amendment (packet large file) for the entire property, which was approved. 

Neighborhood Meeting

A neighborhood meeting hosted by the City of Verona, Steve Brown Apartments, and Alexander Company team to discuss public park was held on February 25, 2021 and can be viewed on YouTube. The goal of the meeting is to obtain feedback on the public open space located at 420 Church Avenue (the former Sugar Creek Elementary School and the former New Century Charter School properties). 

For additional comments or ideas for the public park, please contact Brian Munson at bmunson@vandewalle.com.

Request for Proposals

The Verona Community Development Authority (CDA) requested redevelopment proposals from qualified development firms and consultant teams to redevelop 420 Church Avenue, which is currently being used by the Verona Area School District as schools. The City received six (6) proposals, which were due on April 27, 2020. The proposals are listed below with links to review the proposal and the ability to click on the image for a larger view. The schedule table has links to view each step in the review process. 

On June 22, 2020, the Common Council authorized Staff to work with the Steve Brown Apartments on the redevelopment of the Sugar Creek and New Century School sites.

The Common Council held a meeting via Zoom (packet) at 7 p.m. A representative from each development team spoke during the public comment period, which can be viewed via YouTube. John McKenzie, representing McKenzie Apartment Company, spoke at time stamp 14 minutes, Rick An, Stone House Development, spoke at time stamp 25 minutes, and Brian Munson, representing Steve Brown Apartments, spoke at time stamp 29 minutes. The Common Council began their discussions regarding the developers at time stamp 1:30:00 into the recording. 

Steve Brown Apartments RFP document (file size 9.09 MB), May 18th slides, June 2nd slides, June 8th slides, and    June 22nd handout

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Schedule

Proposals will be reviewed by an evaluation committee comprised of the CDA and City Staff. The CDA held a public interview with selected developers on May 18 that can be viewed via YouTube. On June 2, 2020, the CDA held a meeting where the CDA recommended two developers to the Common Council. This meeting can be viewed via YouTube. The CDA’s recommendation was presented to the Common Council at their meeting on June 8, 2020 (packet). The Common Council discussed the proposals on June 22, 2020 and selected Steve Brown Apartments to work with Staff. 

EventDate
RFP ReleasedJanuary 6, 2020
Proposal Due DateApril 27, 2020
Staff Review of ProposalsApril - May 2020
Interviews of 4 out of 6 applicants (YouTube, packetMay 18, 2020
CDA recommendation of McKenzie Apartment Company and Steve Brown Apartments (YouTube, packet)June 2, 2020
Common Council discussion (YouTube time stamp 1:56:30, packetJune 8, 2020
Common Council selected Steve Brown Apartments (YouTube, packet)June 22, 2020
City Acquires Property from VASDDecember 2020


Application

The CDA requested redevelopment proposals from qualified development firms and consultant team. The RFP contained the proposal requirements, selection criteria, deadlines, and selection process.

Additional information

Community Design Solutions (CDS) was tasked with developing concepts for the property that was presented to the public in August of 2019. CDS began with five (5) concepts. These were modified based on comments from staff, public, CDA, Plan Commission, and Common Council to have three (3) final concepts. All of the designs proposed by CDS can be viewed online.   

Verona Area School District (VASD) hired consultants to prepare a facilities study. A presentation was given in May of 2015 that included information regarding Sugar Creek Elementary School and New Century Charter School. This presentation contains information regarding site layout, dates of construction, and lifespan of building materials and mechanicals.

The Downtown Mobility and Development Plan was adopted in March of 2014. The Plan shows the property as mixed residential and downtown mixed use development. Some of the themes from this Plan were incorporated into the CDS concept plans.