TOWN OF BROOKFIELD - When discussing the complexity
of constructing multiple buildings and an underground parking garage
as part of a mixed-use development with several access and exit
points, Chuck Sampey of Bradford Real Estate said it’s as if “we are
building a little town here.”
During Tuesday’s Plan Commission meeting, preliminary
grading plans for an underground parking unit at The Corners were
The plans revealed the different access points to the
parking structure and the level strictly for the people who will
live in the luxury apartments above.
Town Planner Gary Lake said items for approval were
being taken out of the typical order because the civil engineering
plans won’t be ready for two to four months, and both the town and
the developers want to keep moving forward so this was viewed as a
way to make sure progress is taking place.
Lake said if the Plan Commission would decide to wait
until approximately June to review the civil engineering plans, then
The Corners developers, IM Properties, Bradford Real Estate and
Marcus Corporation, would miss the center’s anticipated October 2016
“The proposal was to approve the first building that
needs to be built and the first building that needs to be built is
the parking unit,” Lake said.
Several buildings will be constructed atop the
parking garage in addition to several before it, and the anchor
department store Von Maur will abut it.
Lake said Von Maur representatives plan to make a
presentation to the town soon.
Commissioner Mike Schmitt raised some concerns about
whether the way to exit the development was as well planned as it
could be. Questions were also raised about proper access for rubbish
removal trucks and for semis making deliveries to Sendik’s and Von
Maur. Sampey said plans were still being finalized, but they were
taking all of that, as well as snow removal, into consideration.
“We are working as fast as we can to put these pieces
together and today I don’t have them,” Sampey said.
Commissioner Eric Halbur said he would like to see
the aesthetics of all the buildings before moving ahead with plans
“It would be nice to know what the idea of all of the
buildings are so it’s not a hodgepodge,” he said.
Sampey said he envisions bringing in the residential
buildings for review first and the retail buildings last because
they are the easiest and the developers want them to be in harmony
with all the other structures.
Commissioner Len Smeltzer said he’d like to see the
dig start soon and for the project to move forward. He asked how
long it will take to excavate the site.
Lake said as the excavation work begins, another crew
will follow right away to shore up the ground.
“They are going to follow each other which will allow
minimal disturbance of the lot,” Lake said, adding the Department of
Natural Resources liked how the risk for sediment runoff was
minimalized. Lake said the parking deck will take about five months
Also during Tuesday’s Plan Commission meeting,
preliminary and final approvals were given to a 105-room Home2Suites
by Hilton hotel that would be located close to Interstate 94 off
Larry Court and Watertown Road. The approval was contingent upon a
maintenance agreement for water retention, beefing up landscaping
and a review of lighting and the Dumpster enclosure.
Mid-April groundbreaking planned for The Corners