Town of Brookfield Development Service Coordinator Gary
Lake presents preliminary plans for The Corners project
during Monday's Plan Commission meeting.
Katherine Michalets/Freeman Staff
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD -Recognizing that time
is of the essence to start construction work on a
parking structure at The Corners retail and residential
development, the Plan Commission approved preliminary
plans and recommended an early start date during its
Commissioner Eric Halbur said he was especially
in favor of giving the developer more time to work on the large
underground parking structure to prevent the construction from
being rushed or lasting into winter.
“We absolutely cannot have anything like that in
this type of construction,” Halbur said referring to parking
Due to the early start date allowance, partners
Bradford Real Estate, IM Properties and Marcus Corporation would
be able to begin putting in the parking structure’s footings and
foundation May 18. A significant portion of the structure is not
anticipated to be completed until the end of the year, at which
point construction of the retail and residential building on top
of the parking building can begin.
During Monday’s Architectural Control meeting,
which was immediately followed by the Plan Commission, questions
were raised about details of the parking garage plan, such as
how access would be limited in the parking mezzanines to
residents of the high-end apartments, as well as width of
parking stalls, location of elevators and access to grease
The Plan Commission voted unanimously for
preliminary approval for the parking unit at The Corners at the
southeastern corner of Bluemound and Barker Roads, and also for
recommending an early start approval for the parking unit and a
certified survey map.
Town Development Services Director Gary Lake said
there were no surprises on the certified survey map. Lot 1 will
be 775,723 square feet in space, while Lot 2, which will include
department store Von Maur and other retail businesses, will be
73,040 square feet. Not many details were available for the Von
Maur property because it will be owned by that company and its
representatives will come to the town meetings with their own
plans for separate approval.
During the Architectural Control committee, it
was revealed that a Hobby Lobby and a Dunham’s Sports are
planned for the former Kmart building on Bluemound Road. The
building has sat vacant for several years, other than for a
seasonal Halloween store.
In addition, a 21-foot ice cream cone-shaped sign
for Oscar’s Frozen Custard was approved. Restaurant owner Jim
Taylor sought to have some ordinances waived to accommodate the
sign, and the committee granted several other variances that
Taylor did not request to keep the sign aesthetically pleasing.
Halbur suggested allowing the sign to be built with the masonry
base to make it look nicer, which was agreed upon.
The sign will be 21 feet in height including the
cherry on top, or 19 feet without it. The color of the ice cream
scoop will change daily to reflect the flavor of the day.