Work to start on The Corners’ parking structure
Hobby Lobby, Dunham’s planned for former Kmart

By Katherine Michalets - Freeman Staff

April 21, 2015

 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 meeting Monday.

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 structure accidents.

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 traps.

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.