Bluemound Road businesses
loom in the distance, past a Ruby Farms field
growing corn this summer.
Freeman file photo
BROOKFIELD — Representatives from Irgens will make a
presentation to the Brookfield Economic Development Authority and
explain why it wants public funding to help with a mixed-use
development at the former Ruby Farm site off of Calhoun and
Tim Casey, economic
development coordinator for Brookfield, said Irgens has not
presented the city with an amount it would like in funding. The city
is working with a consultant, SB Friedman Development Advisors, to
analyze Irgens’ potential investment and request and the amount of
returns on the investment.
During Tuesday’s Brookfield Economic Development
Authority meeting, there will an introduction to the Ruby Farm
project called “The Corridor” and more information on what type of
assistance Irgens is seeking, Casey said. He said there likely won’t
be any details from the analysis made available.
If created, tax incremental financing district No.
5 would district include approximately 65 acres of lands located
north of Interstate 94, west of Calhoun Road and south of Bluemound
Road. The Corridor would also contain about 877,000 square feet of
retail, office, hospitality, medical, wellness or residential uses.
The Ruby Farm buildings that remain would be incorporated into the
Casey said the request from Irgens does not come
as a surprise to the city. The meeting will be held at 4:15 p.m.
Tuesday in the Public Safety Building Courtroom, 2100 N. Calhoun
Later in the day during the 7:45 p.m. Common
Council meeting, the project and a request to amend the 2035
Comprehensive Plan will be discussed. The city’s proposed 2015
budget will also be discussed and voted on during the meeting.
The Common Council meets in City Hall, 2000 N.