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Menomonie Plan Commission moves build­ing project for­ward

Company wants to remodel school into apartment complex

MENOMONIE — The former East School site may soon be remodeled into apartments following the project’s unanimous approval at a Plan Commission meeting Tuesday night.

The Plan Commission meeting included a public hearing on the project and the rezoning. Residents had concerns about increased traffic, possible lower property values and the proposed layout.

JABS 4 is interested in developing the former East School site at 710 11th St. E.

According to the general project overview, the proposal includes 13 units consisting of seven two-bedroom units and six one-bedroom units for a total of 20 bedrooms. The building is just under 16,000 square feet and sits on a little more than 1 acre of land.

The listed improvements to the site include creating parking spaces and two retention areas for storm water.

Dennis Kropp, a commission member and former teacher at East School, said he believes that traffic won’t be too bad because the site was previously a school with parents coming and going during the week.

Abbey Schmailing, who is representing JABS 4, said that she has met with neighbors in the area to talk about their concerns and she plans to retain as many of the trees and as much open space as possible.

“We want this place to fit well into the community,” she said.

The Plan Commission also unanimously approved rezoning the area from single family to a full multiple residential zone.

The project, which just needs the city’s approval to begin, is ready to break ground, Schmailing said.

The project has another public hearing and vote at the June 18 City Council meeting.

Contact: 715-830-5840,, @BenRueter on Twitter

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