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Developer plans to rebuild at site of Allouez apartment fire

With demolition completed just a few weeks ago, the owners of Hilltop Place Apartments want to turn the empty lot into a new complex.
ALLOUEZ, Wis. (WFRV) - After a fire destroyed an Allouez apartment complex earlier this year, the property's owners are now planning to rebuild.

With demolition completed just a few weeks ago, the owners of Hilltop Place Apartments want to turn the empty lot into a new complex.

"We want it to be a high quality development in the community and one that's going to enhance our community," said Tracy Flucke, Allouez Village Administrator.

Hillcrest Properties declined to speak with us about the project, but Flucke said she recently received some preliminary plans. They include two buildings, each two-stories with 48 units combined.

It's upsetting news to Patrick Du Chateau. He lives just up the street and was behind a petition asking the village board to turn the lot into a park. He said residents have concerns over speeding traffic and the number of police calls to the old apartment complex.

"Are we happy? No, no not at all. We'd like to have a park down there. I think it would be in the best interest of the people in the Hilltop community and in Allouez in general. It's a big piece of land. They could really do a nice job with it."

Flucke said the village board accepted the petition, but there's not much the village can do. It doesn't own the land.

"The developer does plan obviously to redevelop the site and is not interested, necessarily, in selling it or giving it to the village for a park development there," explained Flucke. "As a village, we don't have any control over saying no you can't develop, we're not going to allow you too."

Still, Du Chateau isn't satisfied.

"They're more interested in tax revenue than they are in the concerns of the people," he added.

The plans still need approval from the Allouez Plan Commission and the village board. Construction on the new complex could begin as early as this spring.

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