The Waukesha campus of LindenGrove Communities is moving ahead with plans to build a 15,000-square-foot facility to house 24 bedrooms for patients with memory problems and a dining room.

The new building is an addition to the campus at 425 N. University Drive. The bedrooms will be against outside walls with the dining room in the middle, according to city documents.

The city plan commission approved a request for preliminary approval at its regular meeting on June 14. City planners are recommending the commission grant initial approval, allowing project planning to continue.

The new residential facility doubles the number of memory-care patients at the Waukesha campus.

“This expansion is part of a continued plan to develop our Waukesha campus to ensure residents in the community have options available to them as their needs change," said Linda Joel, president and CEO of LindenGrove Communities. "With 21 years of experience as a memory care leader, we are pleased to offer a second home on our Waukesha campus to support growing demand for quality dementia care services.”

Plans to expand a site that is considered a planned-unit development must be approved by the commission and the common council.

The proposed addition is a one-story unit to be built in a space that is now a parking lot. The addition will include a walkway between the existing residential building and the planned structure.

 A lobby area and a community room will be located along the walkway. A new receiving dock for the main facility will be built in the walkway area. The existing dock will be removed.

The walkway section and lobby area will be approximately 7,000 square feet.
Plans include parking in front of the building and behind it. The new parking will increase the number of available spaces from 158 to 192.

Rear parking will be accessible from a new driveway to Michigan Street through the small existing parking lot at the south end of the property. The existing garage will not be moved or changed.

Some existing trees and landscaping will be removed to make way for the new building and the new parking lot. The plan includes additional trees along University Drive and in planting areas in the parking lot, as well as landscaping around the outside of the new building.

The fence that now surrounds the garden area will be moved to the west end of the courtyard.

The current masonry trash bin enclosure will be removed, and replaced with cedar enclosures.

The new building is designed to have a similar appearance to the existing one. The exterior walls will be primarily grey, tan and red Hardie plank siding, with River Rock masonry along the base.

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