Brookfield explores building a conference center near mall

By KATHERINE MICHALETS - Freeman Staff

April 15, 2016

           

The city of Brookfield is pursuing the construction of a conference center in partnership with a hotel developer or conference center operator near Brookfield Square Mall.

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BROOKFIELD —The city of Brookfield is pursuing the construction of a conference center in partnership with a hotel developer or conference center operator.

At the March 21 Common Council meeting, the board adopted a motive related to the city wanting to acquire land, construct a conference center and pursue a partnership with a hotel developer/conference center operator.

“Approve of the development of a conference center, and direct staff to take steps in preparation for the construction of a conference center in association with a suitable, qualified hotel partner that would build a hotel adjacent to said center,” reads the motive.

On Tuesday, the council will discuss adopting a resolution related to the project.

The Resolution of Necessity identifies an approximate 9.49-acre site located near Brookfield Square Mall for the possible city acquisition following the council’s direction to city staff to move forward.

The land being sought is owned by CBL Property and Associates, which owns the mall, and is currently used for auto repair and a parking lot, according to city documents. Current zoning of the site permits hotels and conference centers. Building and parking setbacks and other dimensional standards would be set by a MSO zoning that will be established once a project plan is better known.

A 70-foot maximum building height is established for the property.

The majority of the site is within the boundaries of tax incremental district No. 3 and the district can be expanded to cover portion that is not.

Also during the meeting there will be discussion of a hotel and four apartment buildings near Brookfield Hills Golf Course off Pinehurst Court, Pinehurst Drive and Calhoun Road. Wimmer Communities is proposing the construction of a 99-room hotel and four apartment buildings providing a total of 192 dwelling units known as Residence Inn and The Linx respectively.

The Common Council will meet at 7:45 p.m. at City Hall, 2000 N. Calhoun Road.