TOWN OF BROOKFIELD - Representatives for
The Corners of Brookfield project emphasized the
multiple durable and quality building materials they
plan to use in the residential and retail development,
which earned the Town of Brookfield Plan Commission’s
approval during its meeting Tuesday.
The Plan Commission recommended approval
to the Town Board of the Von Maur suite, the revised
palette of exterior finish materials and revised design
details for the commercial and residential components of
The Corners and final approval for the parking
component. The Town Board will discuss the final
approval during its Oct. 6 meeting.
Brandon Diamond of DDG architecture said
in the months since the renderings were first shown to
the commission, more details had been added to create a
more visually pleasing development.
“(We made) sure we have some good shadow
and relief in those facades; they should cast some
beautiful shadows,” Diamond said.
The large buildings, which can stretch
300 feet to 400 feet long, have facades that are more
mercantile in appearance, he said. The colors of the
building materials differ at the various heights of the
building and from building to building, but form a
Tenant Cafˇ Hollander will utilize a few
different building materials to maintain its branding,
such as synthetic wood by the entrance and a white brick
Other building materials were touted as
extremely durable during Tuesday’s meeting with much of
the fa¨ade being brick.
Plan Commissioner John Schatzman asked
how the effects of the weather and natural elements
would have on the materials, in particular if the
synthetic building materials would age differently than
the natural products.
Diamond said they are all durable
products, although said there would some fading over
“We are going to try and tune it so the
project ages together,” he said.
Commissioner Mike Schmitt asked about
tenants input on color palettes. Diamond said that if
they propose brighter colors, they will enhance the
project if used in small areas.
Chuck Sampey, representative for Bradford
Real Estate Companies which is heading the project, said
the company is creating a design criteria manual that
will be brought to Architecture Control for review.
Schatzman also asked about the
maintenance of landscaping, including the center park.
Diamond and Sampey emphasized that the
plants would be well maintained. Diamond said the park
is the “heart and soul” of the project.
Brightening underground garage
The project representatives also
illustrated how effective the lighting would be in
brightening the underground parking garage, which had
been a previous concern of the Architecture Control
Schmitt also stressed having a well-lit
parking garage for safety, as well as the ease of
“If this doesn’t work, the development is
not going to work,” he said.
Getting to this point in the presentation
of the building materials and color palette was a
process. During the last regular Architecture Control
meeting, the members quickly recommended final approval
of the Von Maur suite at The Corners, but the members
were more hesitant about the exterior details for the
residential and commercial components of the The
Corners, as well as interior specifics for the
underground parking garage for the project. The
Architecture Control Committee sought more information,
which it received during a special meeting held Monday.
During the special meeting, the committee did recommend
final approval for both elements of the project. The
committee also said it wanted the parking garage to be
lighted as if it were an indoor mall.