Mixed-use apartments, baseball-themed hotel in the eyes of Ballpark Commons

FRANKLIN, WI — A baseball-themed boutique hotel and mixed-use apartment complex is next in store for Ballpark Commons in Franklin, the site developer told the Franklin Common Council during a meeting on July 7. June.

The boutique hotel, which will be placed at the corner of Rawson Avenue and Ballpark Drive, Zimmerman said, should be called the “Pennant Hotel.”

Zimmerman said the 30-room hotel, modeled after a similar hotel in Colorado, will have a “sort of retro baseball theme.”

News of the latest developments expected at Ballpark Commons came as the site’s annual festivities kicked off. The Milwaukee Milkmen are well into their season, movies have started showing at The Milky Way Drive In, and more, Zimmerman said at the June 7 meeting.

Along with the announcement of the new hotel, Zimmerman said a 78-unit apartment complex was to be built at Ballpark Commons. The apartments will include a pool, clubhouse and 5,900 square feet of retail space, Zimmerman said.

Zimmerman said he expects the apartment’s 78 units to be evenly split between one-, two-, and three-bedroom units.

Zimmerman also provided an update on the opening of Luxe Golf Bays. He said they were looking to hire around 140 people, and despite some delays so far, the plan is for a tentative opening on August 12.

Two restaurants, a national chain restaurant called Dog Haus and an Italian restaurant, are scheduled to open in the golf bays by the end of 2022, according to Zimmerman.

For the apartments, a first shovel of earth in June 2023 is planned. For the boutique hotel, construction could begin this year, Zimmerman said at the meeting.

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