Sears Auto Center at Brookfield Square closed last
month. The main Sears department store, far right,
Dave Fidlin/Special to The
BROOKFIELD - A
recently emptied auto repair center building on the
southern perimeter of Brookfield Square could give way
to a hotel and conference center.
Common Council on Tuesday adopted a resolution that
gives municipal officials and hired consultants the
authority to inspect a 9.5-acre parcel of land that
includes Sears Auto Center, 115 S. Moorland Road, and
surrounding parking lots.
Anchor S, LLC, an affiliate of Chattanooga,
Tennessee-based property management firm CBL and
Associates, owns the land and could sell it to the city
for the potential large-scale redevelopment project.
adoption of the so-called access and due diligence
agreement followed a series of maneuvers early this
The council on
June 6 hired Minneapolis-based architecture and
engineering firm Hammel Green and Abrahamson to conduct
an infrastructure, traffic and environmental study of
the former Sears Auto Center, which closed in late May.
will cost $76,664. The firm's analysis is expected to
wrap in six to eight weeks.
In a memo, Dan
Ertl, director of community development, said he
believed HGA would assist the city in making an informed
decision on the property's future.
"The HGA-led team
includes engineering firms that are very familiar with
the Brookfield Square mall property, have completed work
for the current mall owner and/or are knowledgeable of
Wisconsin DNR environmental rules and grant programs,"
"Because of this
level of expertise, and a need for timely completion of
the identified tasks, city staff did not secure other
quotes, but are comfortable with the costs quoted for
this due diligence effort."
Hoffman Estates, Illinois-based Sears Holdings
Corporation owned the main Sears department store and
ancillary auto center building.
were sold to the CBL and Associates affiliate in a
lease-back agreement that gave Sears Holdings a one-time
cash infusion, though monthly rental payments are now
part of the terms between the parties.
which also operates Kmart, has been closing scores of
stores in an attempt at staying afloat.
In April, Sears
Holdings announced 50 Sears auto centers, including the
Brookfield Square location, and 92 Kmart pharmacies
across the U.S. would close.
Last week, Sears
Holdings announced it would close nearly 70 stores under
both nameplates, including the Kmart in West Allis.
The main Sears,
one of three anchor department stores at Brookfield
Square, remains open.
In other business
The council also
held a public hearing for a proposed assisted living and
memory care facility eyed on land at 16050-16100 W.
Cadis Acquisition Partners has pitched a
116,200-square-foot facility that would comprise about
70 percent assisted living residences and 30 percent
memory care accommodations.
representatives of the developers, monthly rents in the
complex would range from $2,000 to $6,000, depending
upon the level of service.
The city would
need to rezone the land to bring Cadis' plans to