Oak Creek apartment plan and a neighboring commercial project make up another big development near Ikea
A large Oak Creek apartment development, and a neighboring commercial project, are proceeding — collectively making up another major project near the new Ikea store.
The 300-unit Hub13 apartment community will be developed on 33.6 acres at 7581 S. 13th St. That site is just east of I-94, and about two blocks north of West Drexel Avenue.
Mt. Prospect, Illinois-based Wingspan Development Group LLC plans to begin construction this spring on Hub13. The $57 million development's site plan was approved Tuesday night by the Oak Creek Plan Commission.
Wingspan plans to build six three-story buildings, each with 40 units, as well as three two-story buildings, each with 20 units. The monthly rents will range from $1,050 to $2,500, with the units ranging from studios to three-bedroom apartments.
The development also will feature a clubhouse with a leasing office and in-ground swimming pool near the entrance on South 13th Street.
Hub13 will take about 20 months to complete, said Jason Macklin, Wingspan's director of development.
Wingspan chose the site in part because it's in a community with a good quality of life and decent job growth, Macklin said.
Hub13 will be close to Drexel Town Square, a newer mixed-use development that includes several new stores and restaurants at Drexel and Howell avenues, and Ikea, which opened in 2018 just west of I-94 and north of Drexel Avenue.
Also, two hotels are to be developed just south of Ikea: a 121-room Homewood Suites by Hilton and a Tru by Hilton, with 90 to 100 rooms. Construction on the Homewood Suites is to begin this spring, with completion by summer 2021.
"All of these projects are amenities for our future residents," Macklin said.
Meanwhile, Hub13 will be just north of Highgate, a commercial development that is to have seven buildings totaling around 146,600 square feet.
Highgate will be anchored by a neighborhood hospital operated by Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin.
Other planned uses include stores, a restaurant and a Summit Credit Union branch. The $35 million development will be on 27 acres at 7781 S. 13th St.
Brookfield-based development firm Somerstone LLC has started grading that site, with parcels to be ready for construction by summer, said Andrew Vickers, Oak Creek city administrator.
Macklin said Wingspan has been communicating with Somerstone about coordinating pedestrian and car access between the two projects.
"We believe Highgate will be an amenity for our residents and vice versa," Macklin said.
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