By Mike Johnson of the Journal Sentinel
New Berlin – Yielding to intense public opposition, New Berlin’s Plan Commission on Monday night shot down MSP Real Estate’s plans to build a controversial affordable housing and senior housing project in the City Center area.
The prospect of low-income housing for the City Center, an area that was envisioned as having upscale shops and higher-end condominiums, angered some residents. In public comments before the vote, they urged the commission to reject MSP’s proposal.
Low-income housing would have a negative effect on attracting retail to the area, would reduce property values and would generate significantly less property tax revenue for the city than condos, said Jeff Kipfmueller, a member of Concerned Citizens of New Berlin, which mounted a drive to defeat MSP’s proposal.