Developers Review Brookfield Wheel & Sprocket Proposal | Waukesha Co. Business News


BROOKFIELD — After 60 residents voiced opposition to a proposed five-story mixed-use building on the Wheel & Sprocket property at a public hearing in September, the developers changed their proposal.

The initial proposal was for a building on the corner of Lilly Road and Capitol Drive with one floor of retail space and four floors of apartments totaling 64 units, plus 10 townhome units behind. Now, the developer is proposing a building that will wrap around the entire lot, reducing the overall height and keeping the total number of units roughly the same, city documents show.

The developers, The Heimat Group and the revised proposal will go before the Plan Commission on Monday, where they will schedule another public hearing on the proposal, the meeting agenda says.

One of the main concerns residents shared at the public hearing was that the building was too tall, at 70 feet, which they said did not fit the area and was disrespectful to single-family neighbors.

“This revised proposal seeks to compromise and address important issues raised by voters, such as the height and volume of buildings, and traffic conditions at the intersection of Capitol Drive and Lilly Road, while preserving the opportunity for economic viability. for the project overall,” The Heimat Group said in a memo to the city.

Along Capitol Drive, the building will have one floor of retail space that will be occupied primarily by Wheel & Sprocket, a bike shop that opened in 1973, and three floors of apartments above it. In place of the row of townhouses disconnected from the mixed-use building, there will be a three-story apartment building.

These will connect on the west side of the property only on the second and third floors, allowing cars and pedestrians to access the “inner street” between the north and south portions of the building.

This proposal reduces the height of the tallest part of the building to 58 feet with 75 one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments.

Many city officials have said this corner of Brookfield is blighted as it is occupied by Wheel & Sprocket, which has said its current building is outdated and an abandoned Amoco station.

The Amoco station left environmental contamination that will cost $3.2 million to remove. Amoco is not legally responsible for cleaning up this contamination, and it is necessary to keep the number of apartment units high to offset these cleanup costs, the developers said.

City staff have maintained that this proposal is in alignment with Brookfield’s comprehensive 2050 plan, which is intended to guide future development and calls for denser development at major intersections like this one.

Many of the 60 residents who participated in the public hearing expressed concerns about density, traffic, and property values. A petition against the proposal with 533 signatures was also submitted to the city.

The six people who support the proposal say that they are not concerned about the aforementioned issues and that they do not want this corner to remain as it is. Additionally, developers have said that Brookfield’s apartment vacancy rate is too low and apartments are becoming too expensive.

The Plan Commission will also review and act on a resolution and ordinance related to a proposal to build 203 worker apartment units in the Bishop’s Woods office park.

There was a public hearing for this project last month where local business leaders supported it, saying that Brookfield is becoming increasingly inaccessible to many who work in the city, such as teachers or healthcare workers.

This project will still require action by the Common Council.

City staff also recommends that the commission approve nine single-family homes to be located on a cul-de-sac on the northeast corner of Capitol Drive and Pilgrim Road.

The Plan Commission will meet Tuesday at 6:30 pm in the City Council Chambers, 2000 N. Calhoun Road.


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