Developers revise Brookfield Wheel & Sprocket proposal

A rendering of the revised proposal for a mixed-use building at the corner of Lilly Road and Capitol Drive.

BROOKFIELD — The Brookfield Common Council will consider a proposed rezoning and redevelopment of the approximately 2-acre site at the southeast corner of Lilly Road and Capitol Drive on behalf of Wheel & Sprocket. The company’s request has been revised after considering feedback from the community, Plan Commission, Common Council and city staff.

"This revised proposal seeks to compromise and address important issues raised by constituents such as building height and massing, and traffic conditions at the Capitol Drive and Lilly Road intersection, all while still retaining the opportunity for the economic feasibility for the overall project," according to meeting documents.

The site consists of two parcels at 3950 Lilly Road, which is currently unoccupied, and 13925 W. Capitol Drive, currently occupied by Wheel & Sprocket. Aamco Transmissions, the former occupant, has relocated. The plan would be to demolish the existing structures and develop a mixed-use building featuring first-floor commercial retail uses, predominantly occupied by Wheel & Sprocket, along with market-rate apartment homes. The U-shaped building will have an entrance gateway along Lilly Road with access to an interior street and have 40 visitor parking spaces.

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The building will have 75 residential units, consisting of 55 one-bedroom units ranging in size from approximately 630 square feet to 1,076 square feet and 20 two- and three-bedroom units ranging in size from 1,206 square feet to 1,547 square feet, along with 108 underground parking spaces.

The building will have a four-floor structure along Capitol Drive with first floor retail and three floors of residential above. The fourth floor is set back creating larger "penthouse" units with terraces.

The council will also consider a new plan and method of operation for Raising Cane’s at 12660 W. Capitol Drive. The restaurant serves chicken fingers and other menu items.

The property is occupied by a 14,000-square-foot office building. The property owner plans to demolish the existing structure and Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers will construct a new drive-thru restaurant.

The restaurant’s hours of operation will be Sunday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 a.m. The seating capacity is 46 inside. There will be 14 employees on maximum shift with a total of 120 employees at the location.

Raising Cane’s was founded in 1996 and now has 689 locations across the U.S.

"Raising Cane’s is not a chain restaurant but is part of the community. The restaurant not only employs people from the area but also gives back to the community in several ways. By promoting education, feeding the hungry, pet welfare, local community involvement and more," according to meeting documents.

The Common Council meeting will take place at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Council Chambers, City Hall, 2000 N. Calhoun Road.