BROOKFIELD - Plans
for Brookfield Square Mall’s expansion and renovation received
approval from the Common Council on Tuesday, although Alderman
Chris Blackburn raised concerns about use of tax incremental
financing funds for the project.
Council unanimously approved the two items related to zoning
amendments for parts of the property north of the Firestone Auto
Center and south of the Sears Department Store at Brookfield
Square Mall. A third agenda item concerned the plan and method
of operation and preliminary survey/certified survey map for the
Sears Department Store parcel was approved, but Blackburn was
the one vote against it.
Council’s approval authorizes the construction of Phase VI of
mall improvements, including approximately 19,000 square feet of
new retail and food service shops, but also removing
approximately 7,400 square feet of the Sears store, according to
the meeting agenda.
Ponto said there was significant discussion during the meeting,
mostly led by Blackburn, and much of it centered on the
appropriate use of TIF funds for the project.
Also at the
meeting, the council unanimously approved a city ordinance
concerning bowhunting on city-owned and leased properties. It
prohibits bowhunting (crossbow and bow and arrow) on city-owned
or leased property. It also prohibits hunting within 100 yards
of a residence unless the private owner gives written
permission, and requires the hunter to shoot in a downward
always been banned from city parks, but the new ordinance helps
to clarify that it’s also not allowed on wetlands or other
“I think there
is strong feeling that we should limit (bowhunting) in the city
limits as much as possible,” Ponto said.
During a joint
Plan Commission and Park and Recreation Commission meeting
Monday, a conceptual plan for the Sileno quarry land was
presented. Mark Regal, who was part of a citizens group that
opposed plans to bring in Wisconsin Department of Transportation
clean fill to the site, has presented plans for high-end
apartments on the north end of the property, Ponto said. Regal
owns several apartment buildings near the former quarry on
wanted to get some feedback with thoughts about how property
might be used,” Ponto said.
In addition to
the apartments, Ponto said, the proposal includes making much of
the land a conservancy and giving the southern part of the
property to the city to be used as a park. Ponto said the Park
and Recreation Commission brought up the possibility of simply
having a path easement on the southern part of the property.
City staff will continue to work with the developer on the