BROOKFIELD - The Plan
Commission on Monday approved two requests to advance redevelopment
of the time-worn southern part of Brookfield Square Mall, namely the
Sears Department Store.
were approved to ease redevelopment of the area north of the
Firestone auto center and south of Sears. The city has established a
flexible zoning system for the Brookfield Square/Executive Drive
area, making it easier to add infill developments, such as melding
newer buildings into the frameworks of existing structures built
decades ago like the Sears store.
The other approval
was to authorize in concept the Phase VI mall improvement plan that
includes adding about 19,000 square feet of new retail and food
service shops, along with the removal of about 7,400 square feet of
the department store.
The approval had a
caveat. The formal application for Phase VI must include a certified
survey map of the Sears parcel since it has remained unplatted since
its construction in the 1960s.
require approval of the Common Council, which meets Feb. 18.
Associates Properties and Sears have asked that the property located
at 115 S. Moorland Road, owned by Sears, and property located north
of Firestone, owned by CBL, be rezoned. In addition, a request has
been made to rezone property south of Sears owned by CBL.
expansion would occur in two time frames. The first frame includes
additional retail space in front of Sears with projected completion
this year. The second time frame in 2015 adds 50,000 square feet of
retail space in front of Boston Store, and a two-story parking
structure with ground level parking and a walkway.
Craig Wasserman of
ka inc. said about 40,000 square feet of Sears would be
decommissioned and used for the new retail stores of Phase VI. Sears
would continue with its two entrances and signage moved closer to
In other action,
commissioners approved a request by the Elmbrook Human Society,
20950 Enterprise Ave., to construct a 4,105 square foot roof over an
existing outdoor shelter where dogs are housed temporarily when the
inside kennels are being cleaned.
Joe Klein of the
Humane Society’s board of directors said the roof was needed to
comply with best safety and health standards to prevent dogs from
being exposed to outside weather and other potentially harmful
elements. Klein said the roof would be built as soon as the weather