BROOKFIELD — The metamorphosis
of a high-profile stretch of land in Brookfield near Capitol Drive
is rounding the bend as city officials consider a fast food eatery’s
one-of-a-kind architectural proposal.
The Plan Commission on Monday combed through Milwaukee-based
property owner Boulder Venture’s plans for a 2,131-square-foot Taco
Bell restaurant on the southwest corner of Lisbon Road and 124th
According to application materials, the proposed Taco Bell will
feature a flat-roof building, broken into multiple roof panes. Other
exterior features will include a brick wall panel, with corrugated
metal shed awnings covering entrances, and gooseneck down lights
illuminating portions of the establishment.
“This is designed specifically for this location,” Planning
Administrator Mike Theis said. “It employs a specific architectural
If plans proceed as presented, the new Taco Bell will be one of
multiple phases intended to breathe new life into one of the city’s
In recent years, several buildings deemed obsolete — including a gas
station, home and an aging office complex — were razed as the 124th
Street corridor from Capitol Drive to Lisbon Road was reconfigured
with future commercial uses in mind.
A small multi-tenant development, including a Starbucks, sits at the
site of the former gas station on the northwest side of Capital
Drive and 124th Street.
During their preliminary review of the Taco Bell plans,
commissioners were overwhelmingly supportive of the architectural
elements, which have been touted as mimicking the surrounding
characteristics of other buildings.
The commission’s favorable recommendation advances to the Common
Council next week for a final vote. If all steps in the process
proceed as intended, the plan is to begin construction next year
with a summer opening.
In other business Monday, commissioners:
■ Gave a favorable recommendation to a proposed redevelopment
project linked to Landmark Credit Union’s planned relocation of its
headquarters to 555 S. Executive Drive.
The commission’s review comes on the heels of a news release issued
Friday from Mayor Steve Ponto’s office about the development.
“We’ve been working on this for quite some time,” said Ponto, who
chairs the Plan Commission. “It’s exciting to see this.”
Although it intends to maintain a presence in its current home base
of New Berlin, Landmark executives have stated they have outgrown
their current facility.
Plans for the new 19.5-acre Brookfield headquarters include
constructing a new office building of 150,000 square feet to 160,000
square feet. It is intended to serve as the home office, in addition
to training facilities.
■ Postponed a discussion of a legislative referral concerning
short-term home rentals, which have grown in popularity through such
outlets as Airbnb.
Alderman Scott Berg made the referral to the Plan Commission, but
the panel chose not to take it up at Monday’s meeting because Berg
was not present.
Plans call for revisiting the issue again in the coming months.