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WEST ALLIS — A common council committee will hold a special meeting Wednesday, April 5, to consider a rezoning request needed to redevelop part of the former Allis-Chalmers site into apartments, offices and a hotel.

The Allis-Chalmers building is across 70th Street from the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District administration building that also is targeted for redevelopment by a different developer.

Despite its manufacturing zoning, the area that was to be considered Wednesday, 1010-1304 S. 70th St.,is designated as commercial in the city's comprehensive plan.

The developer envisions as many as 150 apartments in the south section, an 80- to 100-key hotel on the north corner and consolidated office space in between.

Construction would start within a year of getting all the necessary government approvals. Apartment construction would start within a year after financing, including tax credits or other incentives from the city that the developer terms essential.

The hotel would be built when a franchise acquires the hotel portion of the property and executes a franchise agreement with a hotel flagship.

All construction should be complete within three years, following receipt of government approvals and financing, the developer said.

The proposal may not have clear sailing, however, as some misgivings have been expressed as to whether so many new apartments are needed. Already approved are 200 higher-end apartments and eight townhouses only a short distance away near the West Allis Farmers Market.

Also unclear is what would happen to the stores, including Kmart, in the West Allis Towne Centre.

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