Monthly Archives: October 2016

Sample best of local cuisine at Taste of East Tosa on Nov. 17


Taste of East Tosa returns to the Kneeland-Walker House at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 17. Taste of East Tosa is TETNA’s premiere adults-only event and features samplings from local East Tosa restaurants.

With so many amazing Wauwatosa eating spots, we always have a fantastic variety of foods to try. This is a great opportunity to join with your neighbors, meet the TETNA board and celebrate all of the things we love about our neighborhood.

Here’s the lineup of restaurants confirmed to provide selections from their menus this year:

Desserts and sodas will also be provided. You are welcome to bring your own alcoholic beverage or favorite cocktail, however, the Wauwatosa Historical Society prohibits red wines. Party attire can be festive, not fussy. A tour of the house is also available.

This year our annual TETNA Board dessert competition will return, so come hungry and cast your vote for your favorite sweet treat! Reserve your spot today for $10.

Facebook event

How to RSVP:

  1. First, you need to join/renew your TETNA membership
  2. Then, you can RSVP and pay for Taste of East Tosa completely online (**NOTE: If you get an error message it is either because you have not yet joined/renewed with TETNA, or you need to login to your memberplanet account)

Apartments proposed for Pius lot detailed in zoning amendment request

UPDATE 2: The project is scheduled to go before the Wauwatosa Plan Commission on Nov 7th

UPDATE: The developer has scheduled a neighborhood meeting to answer residents’ questions at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, in the cafeteria at St. Pius X.

A proposal to build a 66-unit apartment building on the unused parking lot east of St. Pius X and across the street from Roosevelt Elementary School has generated a considerable amount of discussion in the neighborhood.

The proposal, named The Gridley at East Towne, had been scheduled to go before the Wauwatosa Plan Commission on Oct. 10, but it was moved to the commission’s Nov. 7 agenda instead, allowing more time for the developers to meet with residents.

The Tosa East Towne Neighborhood Association is a nonpartisan group and does not take sides in political debates. The board, however, would like to help get information out about the proposal and any public meetings scheduled on it.

With that in mind, we are sharing these details from the developer’s application for a zoning amendment. (You can review the full application by clicking here.) We expect this will help answer some of our residents’ initial questions about the project, and we will share more as we learn it.

First of all, the developer is Cardinal Capital Management. You may recall that this was the company behind the Pasadena apartments on North Avenue at 85th Street, just east of Sendik’s. The design of The Gridley is similar, as shown in this rendering by Arc-Int Architecture.


That is what the project would look like if you were standing on the sidewalk in front of Roosevelt looking west. It is three stories and would sit on the east half of the St. Pius X parking lot, at the survey-mapsoutheast corner of 74th and Wright streets. The exterior is to be made from masonry veneer, painted composite siding, fiberglass windows and asphalt shingles.

The developer is under contract to buy about 1 1/2 acres from St. Pius, leaving the church with a parcel just over 3 acres. The building would be just over 90,000 sqft and sit on a 23,000 sqft footprint.

“The parking lot itself is old and there is a retaining wall years past its life expectancy,” Dean Weyer, director of administrative services for St. Pius, told BizTimes in June, before a buyer had been found. “As we look forward, we either invest a substantial amount of money or we turn our asset into a liquid asset and invest wisely.”

The apartments at The Gridley would be rented at market rate, as opposed to units that are rented below market rate to make them affordable and qualify for government incentives. The Gridley’s 66 units would be 34 one-bedroom apartments, 12 one-bedroom-plus-den units, and 20 two-bedroom units, the proposal says.

The development would include 90 parking spots, with 66 of them enclosed under the building. The other 24 would be surface spaces located on the west side of the building, as seen in the rendering below.


The proposal indicates that the developer would obtain an easement from St. Pius to use its driveway on West Wright Street, across from 75th Street.

So why is Cardinal going to the Plan Commission? The property is in an R2 District, which means it is zoned for low-density residential use. The zoning limits homes on the property to single-family and two-family dwellings. The city would need to make a zoning amendment to allow higher-density use. At the same time, the proposed building would use up less of the parcel, 36 percent, than zoning requires, 42 percent.

Also the setbacks on the east and south side, 6 feet, would be under what is allowed for the parcel. And the building’s height, 38 feet, would exceed the allowed building height by a few feet.

The developer notes that this is not a typical parcel in the neighborhood.

“The building scale and height will be compatible with the surrounding neighborhood including the institutional uses to the east (Roosevelt Elementary School) and west (St. Pius),” the proposal says.

The proposal also notes that the 90 parking stalls exceed the minimum of 76 spaces required by zoning.

Finally, the developer lists what it sees as “benefit to City” of the project. That full passage is quoted below for residents’ review:

“The proposed development provides greater benefits to the City than would a development carried out in accordance with otherwise applicable zoning ordinance standards. Importantly, the Project would result in increased tax revenues for the City by creating a quality taxable infill development at on an under utilized tax exempt property. The Project would be both compatible with the scale and character of the neighborhood while allowing for greater densities and investment than could be achieved under the current code.

“The Project and zoning amendment are consistent with the goals and recommendations of both the City of Wauwatosa Comprehensive Plan (the “Comprehensive Plan”) and the City of Wauwatosa Comprehensive Housing Study and Needs Analysis (the “Housing Study”). Both the Comprehensive Plan and Housing study note the need for additional housing units given expected population growth and expected declines in household size. Other demographic trends suggest that quality rental multifamily units, in particular, will experience an increase in demand.

“Because the city is landlocked and a relatively limited amount of residential land is available for redevelopment, both the Comprehensive Plans and Housing study encourage the identification of nonresidential sites for residential infill development as well as increased densities that are consistent with the character of the conununity[sic]. Such development will be important in maintaining and growing the City’s population as well as potentially attracting an increasing the proportion of Wauwatosa workers who live in the city.”

Have you heard?! Teal is the new orange!

Teal Pumpkin Project

Guest Post – Heidi Hemling

Summer has suddenly turned to fall and that means children are getting anxious for the coming Halloween festivities. I see many families decorating their homes with creative haunted houses, spooky lights, and pumpkins of all shapes and sizes. They fill our neighborhood with color and excitement. However, if you take a closer look the next time you are strolling through the neighborhood you will notice that some families are electing to decorate their doorsteps with teal pumpkins.

Why teal, you ask? Because teal is the color for food allergy awareness and trick-or-treat events present significant risks to those children who have been diagnosed with food allergies. The homes decorated with these brightly colored pumpkins indicate participation and support for The Teal Pumpkin Project. This movement was started in 2014 by a Tennessee mom and has now been embraced by Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE).

According to FARE, “1 in 13 children is affected by food allergies and the strongest reactions are usually triggered by milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat or shellfish” Even more startling, FARE estimates that approximately “every three minutes, a food allergy reaction sends someone to the emergency room.”

It’s easy to join the movement and it does not mean you cannot also hand out candy or other food treats if you enjoy doing so. Participating simply means you are offering a non-food treat option that allows for children with life-threatening food allergies to participate in the fun and tradition of trick-or-treating. If you and your families or children would like to become more involved, there are many ways to join the Teal Pumpkin Project:

  • Attend TETNA trick-or-treat registration and grab your very own Teal Pumpkin Project flyer to indicate you have non-food treats available
  • Purchase some inexpensive toys such as glow sticks, bubbles, or pencils to hand out as non-food items
  • Paint a pumpkin a brilliant shade of teal to place in front of your home
  • Visit the Teal Pumpkin Project’s downloads page for access to free materials such as yard signs and stickers to show your support
  • Add your street to the Teal Pumpkin Project Map to let others in the neighborhood know that you are offering non-food treats
  • Share tweets, Instagram posts and Facebook posts with the hashtag #TealPumpkinProject to help spread the word

Let’s come together as a neighborhood to make sure all children are included and can have a happy, healthy, and safe trick-or-treat this year!

Annual neighborhood Trick or Treat is Oct. 29

TETNA’s Halloween Trick or Treat nighttime event is back! Mark your calendars for the evening of Saturday, Oct. 29, and plan to attend this spooktacular event from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Every year, TETNA offers this safe and fun event in our neighborhood. This year we are continuing our new tradition of opening the TETNA Trick or Treat event to all neighborhood blocks! So get your costumes, candy buckets and spooky faces ready to explore the Halloween festivities that our whole neighborhood has to offer.

The Trick or Treat event is for TETNA members, and the trick-or-treating is for children ages 14 and younger. The whole family is welcome to join the fun, and each group of children should be accompanied by at least one adult. You must register to participate in the event – whether your little goblins will be trick-or-treating or you will be handing out candy (or both!).
Facebook event

Want to trick-or-treat?

Come to the registration and sign up! You will get a glow stick for each trick-or-treater and a map with event info. The cost to participate is a 100-piece bag of candy per child. The candy must be individually wrapped and factory sealed. Due to safety concerns, we cannot accept opened bags of candy.

If you also are handing out candy and want to keep the kind you bought, just let us know at in-person registration, or you can just sign up online. (If you still need to renew or join TETNA, you will have to that first, but you can sign up online).

Want to hand out candy?

Come to registration and sign up! You will get a TETNA Trick or Treat sign to put in your window to identify your house as a TETNA participant and some candy to get you started.
Note that this is a very popular event and we’re not able to provide all of the candy that you might need to accommodate all the trick-or-treaters.

You can either purchase more candy on your own or turn out your light when the candy runs out. Note: if you don’t plan to accept candy from TETNA, you can sign up online and print your Trick or Treat sign at home.

Not a TETNA member yet?

Become a member and register for the event at the same time! Our membership year runs from Oct. 1-Sept. 30. Register and pay online; or bring your dues, a Membership Registration form, and a Trick or Treat registration form. We will have extra forms if you forget. But make sure to bring your bags of candy for all your trick-or-treaters!

When and where to register

Center Street Park Pavilion, 6420 W. Clarke St.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 25, 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 27, 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 29, 8:30-10 a.m.


As always, we are looking for volunteers to help make this event successful. Volunteering also provides you the opportunity to meet others in the neighborhood. If you are interested in helping with registration or in another capacity, please visit our page or contact the event chair Erica Storm at erica [dot] storm [at] zywave [dot] com.

We will be looking for a new co-chair for next year too, so let us know if you are interested. TETNA looks forward to another successful event!