Irgens seeks public funding for Ruby Farm development

By Katherine Michalets - Special to The Freeman

Nov. 14, 2014

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 Bluemound roads.

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 development.

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 Road.

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. Calhoun Road.