TOWN OF BROOKFIELD - A brief description was
given of the plans for the Von Maur store at The Corners
development during the Architectural Control committee meeting
Wednesday - and committee members appeared impressed by the
upscale details incorporated into the design for the high-end
The committee unanimously gave preliminary
approval of the Von Maur suite at The Corners, which will be a
lifestyle development including retail and residential space
near the intersection of Bluemound and Barker roads.
Andrea Aggertt with Shrive-Hattery, Inc. said the
roofing material, including that for the cupolas, would be made
of copper imported from Germany with a pre-patina treatment. By
having the copper treated, it won’t change color with time. When
asked about screening for the generator, Aggertt said the exact
location hasn’t been determined but Von Maur believes it’s a
high priority to provide adequate screening.
She said most of the facility will be brick or
stone. Exterior holiday lighting was also discussed during the
meeting. Very small light bulbs would be permanently installed
on the building’s exterior and would only be visible when turned
on during the holiday shopping season from November until
There will also be two lounges for people to
rest. A lounge area with windows and seating will be on the
lower level outside the women’s restroom, Aggertt said, adding
there will likely be drapery or shutters to adjust the light
coming in through the windows. There will also be a smaller
lounge area outside the men’s restrooms on the upper level.
The Architectural Control committee also gave
unanimous preliminary approval for the residential and
commercial components of The Corners, which covers garbage
containers, parking and utilities.
Committee member Eric Halbur and Development
Services Administrator Gary Lake expressed concern about garbage
pickup and the noise it may involve as a result of a building
manager rolling Dumpsters outside before store hours and the
Chuck Sampey, who represents Bradford Real
Estate, said the luxury apartments to be built by the Mandel
Group will be approximately 600-1,100 square feet with more
being in the smaller range. Most won’t have a dining room, but
instead will have a large kitchen island, Sampey said. Some of
the units will be marketed to corporate entities that they can
furnish and then use for short-term employees. Apartments will
also have 7-foot doors and about 9-foot ceilings, Sampey said.
Apartment balconies will vary from extending
outward to being recessed, he said.
Committee members stressed for all buildings in
The Corners to be made of quality materials like masonry.
“There is some expectation locally for some
masonry in the residential,” Lake said.
Questions were also raised about whether pets
would be allowed in the apartments and if outdoor space for dogs
would be incorporated into the plans. Sampey said he did not
know but would look into it.