Proposed city zoning change for Old Glory Veterans Village delayed

Prior to a scheduled public hearing at a special Wautoma Common Council meeting on Aug. 19, Attorney Stan Ripple, representing the city, told the approximately 20 residents who had come to the meeting that no public hearing would be held at this time.

He told the residents that the proposed zoning change for the former nursing home on 327 S. Waupaca Street from RS-8 to RS-M was not the proper fit.

He said that the building’s owners, John and Dawn Sabel, would need to complete a new application, asking for a zoning change from RS-8 to a conditional use PUD (planned unit development).


The city’s Planning Committee would have to review the new proposal, with a public hearing held likely in September or October.

Local architect Mark Schmidt presented drawings of the current building and reviewed the development plans with the council members and the public in attendance. He said that the proposed Old Glory Veterans Village building is divided into three components: (1) the wood-framed old church, which would be redeveloped into two-level townhouse units, (2) the two-story south unit, which has a sprinkler system and working elevators, and would be redeveloped into ten one-bedroom apartments, and (3) the north unit, which would be redeveloped into immediate, transitional hous-ing and would not have their own kitchens.

He added that the dining room, which would be available primarily for transitional residents, would be able to seat 60 people; however, residents from other units who didn’t want to cook, could eat their meals in the dining room. Schmidt said that the number of rooms could vary somewhat, but the maximum that could be housed would be 64.

Dawn Sabel told the council that the proposed project would be “a good fit” for Wautoma and “good for everyone.”


City Administrator/Clerk-Treasurer Tommy Bohler told the council that he would work with the couple, posting and scheduling the Planning Committee meeting and a new public hearing as soon as possible.