Robert Scott, Brookfield
Mayor Steve Ponto, Mark Irgens, Dave Arnold, Waukesha County
Executive Paul Farrow, Bob Reddin, Dan Ertl and Timothy
Casey line up to break ground for The Corridor development
on Thursday afternoon. The mixed-use development is on the
former Ruby Farms property.
BROOKFIELD - Large earth-moving equipment
motored around in the background Thursday afternoon while
developers and local dignitaries gathered to hold a
ceremonial groundbreaking at the future site of The Corridor
at Bluemound and Calhoun roads.
Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow said he was
pleased to see that the former corn fields had been turned into
a vast amount of brown dirt when he drove past it on Interstate
94 last week.
But turning to the developers of the mixed-use
project - Dave Arnold, executive vice president at Irgens, and
Mark Irgens, owner - Farrow said there was something lacking in
“There is one thing missing for me. I don’t know
if you can still fit it in here, Dave, but an arena,” Farrow
joked about the future Bucks arena.
What the project on 66 acres formerly home to
Ruby Farm will include is retail, restaurants, a hotel, fitness
and wellness facilities and office space.
The Shoppes at The Corridor will have more than
130,000 square feet of retail space and will be anchored by
Dick’s Sporting Goods. The Corridor Corporate & Technology Park
will have the first “Class A” suburban office space added in the
western suburbs of Milwaukee in more than 10 years.
A piece of earth moving
equipment passes before a tractor with a plow on the former
Ruby Farms property where The Corners is beginning
The yellow Ruby Farm house and barn will be
repurposed and made available for public entities. There
will also be seven acres of land in the Deer Creek
environmental corridor to Brookfield for a wetland
dedication program and creating a walking trail and
The anticipated value of the fully developed
project is $142 million with a potential property tax impact of
more than $2 million and possibly more than $300,000 in hotel
Irgens said his company aims to develop projects
that are innovative, creative and create value. About 500
construction jobs will be generated and more than 3,000
permanent jobs are anticipated once The Corridor is fully
Brookfield Mayor Steve Ponto said The Corridor
will likely be the most significant development during his
He called the former Ruby Farm land the “the most
desirable undeveloped property in metro Milwaukee, and I believe
“I have a personal commitment to this being a
truly exceptional development,” he said.
Farrow said the development helped signify to
other companies that Waukesha County is a great place to be
located and elected officials are wanting to work with them.