A rendering of the BistroPlex theater planned for the
department store site at Brookfield Square.
BROOKFIELD — Developments at The Corridor, Brookfield
Square and elsewhere in Brookfield are taking shape,
following a series of recent motions by city officials.
Council on Tuesday voted to proceed with a number of commercial and
office projects in areas undergoing a metamorphosis.
One of the
council’s favorable motions this week occurred at The Corridor, the
mixed-use site along Bluemound Road that has already sprouted new
development with such commercial establishments as Portillo’s and
Dick’s Sporting Goods taking root.
Creek LLC and Irgens recently gave city officials certified survey
maps calling for the creation of three separate lots, south of Golf
Parkway. Two of the lots will house office complexes, while the last
one will be home to the existing Ruby Farms buildings, which have
director of community development, said the divisions are part of a
natural progression as the site takes form.
“This is the
next in a series of land divisions at The Corridor,” Ertl said.
dividing the parcels and laying out their zoning and purpose, other
specific details were not discussed this week. Office tenants will
be announced at a later date.
and convention center
The council on
Tuesday also unanimously approved Marcus Theatres’ plans to open its
previously announced BistroPlex cinema on the southeast side of
Brookfield Square next year.
41,000-square-foot development will replace a portion of the
existing Sears anchor department store space in the first of
multiple redevelopment phases.
Associates, which owns Brookfield Square, purchased Sears’ main
store and ancillary auto center in January from Sears Holdings
Corp., the chain’s Hoffman Estates, Illinois parent company.
Last week, Sears
officials indicated they plan to maintain a presence at Brookfield
Square, albeit in a much smaller footprint. Other portions of the
existing Sears site will be razed or reconfigured for additional
Brookfield Square, the council, on a 12-2 vote, adopted a resolution
in support of an access agreement to conduct what has been described
as “due diligence” at Sears Auto Center, which was shuttered in May.
The city is
planning to purchase the 9.49-acre site and replace the auto center
and parking lot with a hotel and convention center.
“I’m not going
to support this,” Alderman Christopher Blackburn said of the access
agreement. “If a hotelier wants to operate a conference center, they
should pay for it. This is something the taxpayer shouldn’t have to
Mellone joined Blackburn in casting a dissenting vote.
After a public
hearing, council members also voted, 10-4, in favor of amending
terms within a planned development district on a 3.38-acre parcel on
the southeast corner of Wisconsin Avenue and Main Street.
affect a 99-unit multifamily development known as The Artisan within
the Fountain Square site. At its core, the amendment calls for
changing how parking and the buildings themselves are configured
within the development with more density.
was one of the four aldermen against the changes, said he cast his
dissenting vote because of the impact on the surrounding area. “We
have zoning for good reason,” Blackburn said.
In addition to
Blackburn, aldermen Renee Lowerr, Jerry Mellone and Lisa Mellone
voted against the change to the planned development district
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