Cindy moved to Brookfield in 1994 with her husband and three children in tow. It's been a very interesting seventeen years.
Ok, it's not exactly a secret that I think the City of Brookfield could save a big chunk of change by letting a certain Director of Community Development take a hike. Here's the latest brilliant move.
I can just picture it now. The Depatment has had zero, zilch, nada to do for years, so when a developer comes in to prepare a chunk of land (this same developer has been in a few times over the last decade trying to get his land planned in a mutually agreeable way) that office goes bonkers, calls in all the big guns, and attempts to make busy. This time it was $17,000 in busy from a favorite line drawing company named RA Smith.
The plan, according to that article, was to have the developer donate the land to the city so that the city could sell a chunk to a developer. Yes, I know. Clearly someone either wasn't thinking or lacked the skills to communicate the situtation to all the developer, the engineering company, and later the Common Council.
Just for extra impact, here's the first few lines of that story:
The city contracted RA Smith National to study the site. That study found that a developer would pay up to $1.2 million for 8 acres along the north shore that can be developed into multifamily housing.
Those funds could then be used to develop a neighborhood park with a limited trail system, scenic vistas, picnic areas, play equipment and landscaping, the study concluded.
However, the Quarry Group later said it intended to develop multifamily housing on the 8 northern acres - and to potentially dedicate some undevelopable land to the city.
Fine. It's a certain department head that is at the center of this, and it shouldn't surprise me at all, but really Brookfield? Is no one thinking at City Hall?