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
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.
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
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.