New subdivision proposed across the road from Wanaki Golf Course

Would contain 52 single-family homes and resident amenities

Example of a home built by Sussex-based Cornerstone Development.
Example of a home built by Sussex-based Cornerstone Development.

Last updated on March 1st, 2021 at 04:59 pm

A new 52-lot residential subdivision is being proposed on agricultural land across Lisbon Road from the Wanaki Golf Course in Menomonee Falls.

According to village records, the 27-acre neighborhood would have an average lot size of about 0.31 acre, with 6.8 acres of green space connected by a system of nature trails. It would also include amenities for residents such as a clubhouse, swimming pool, bocce court and pickleball court.

The project developer is Sussex-based Cornerstone Development. The firm notes in a letter to the city that The Glen at Wanaki subdivision will be similar to its previous projects. The chief difference with this one is that the 52 new single-family homes would not be sold as condominium units.

Cornerstone anticipates the new homes to be sold starting in the mid-$400,000 range.

John Wahlen, founder of Cornerstone, said this will be his firm’s second “hybrid” project that contains for-sale single family lots with condo-like amenities.

He said the first project was a 69-lot subdivision in Cedarburg. They started work on that about 2.5 years ago, and now only two model homes and one lot remain unoccupied.

“That was a homerun in Cedarburg,” he said.

The proposal is scheduled for consideration by the Menomonee Falls Plan Commission on Tuesday. It will ultimately need Village Board approval.

It is being proposed on lands used for farming purposes for more than 75 years. The site is located northeast of Town Line and Weyer roads.

Across Lisbon Road to the north is the Wanaki Golf Course. Formerly owned by Waukesha County, the 150-acre golf course was acquired last year by a private ownership group that includes golf-course operator Storm Family Group and Scott Schaefer, owner of Milwaukee Brat House and Jack’s American Pub.

Wahlen said his firm had been looking at developing along this corridor. He was further encouraged when he heard about the Storm Family Group acquiring the golf course.

“I love this idea we’re going to be across the street from a golf course,” he said.

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Alex Zank
Alex Zank covers commercial and residential real estate for BizTimes. Alex previously worked for Farm Equipment magazine and also covered statewide construction news at The Daily Reporter. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where he studied journalism, political science and economics. Having grown up in rural western Wisconsin, Alex loves all things outdoors, including camping, hiking, four-wheeling and hunting.

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