Luxury apartment proposal for Bishop’s Woods gets mixed reviews

By Katherine Michalets - Special to The Freeman

Dec. 17, 2014

BROOKFIELD - During Tuesday’s Common Council meeting, aldermen voiced differing views on a luxury apartment complex proposed for Bishop’s Woods, citing the possibility to add vitality to an older office park but also questioning if that was the right location for a project with a high density level.

Campbell Capital Group wants to construct a 194-unit apartment building with an enclosed parking deck and upscale amenities such as a resort-style pool at 13700 W. Bluemound Road.

Up for discussion and vote Tuesday was rezoning of the land from office and limited industrial district to planned development district. The aldermen voted 11 to 3 for the rezoning with Alds. Chris Blackburn, Lisa Mellone and Bob Reddin voting against. 

Blackburn said he opposed the project because of its high level of density and apartments are not good for the tax base due to the amount of city services they require, along with other concerns.

Alderman Gary Mahkorn said he has vetted the project and he supports it because the office market is weak and the site has been undeveloped for the past 40-some years.

Mahkorn said the apartment project would create synergy in Bishop’s Woods. He also said it would have a $25 million valuation and generate about $461,000 for the tax base.

Reddin said he agreed with Blackburn and he believes Brookfield is intended  for single-family residences. He also said he was concerned with the size of the project.

“I never wanted Brookfield to be Wauwatosa. I never wanted Brookfield to be Milwaukee,” he said referring to a comment the developer previously made about similar projects getting approved in those municipalities.