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Practically Speaking

Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

25 new homes proposed for Linfield Crossing resubdivision

Brookfield, Development, Elmbrook

Up to twenty-five new single family homes are proposed for southeast Brookfield on the former Linfield Elementary School site*. (Photo was taken from The Red Mill parking lot on Tulane, facing south.)

If the re-subdividing of the 6.539 acre site is approved, it will be called Linfield Crossing, and so far, it seems like a good fit for the existing neighborhood.

If this is of interest to you, there will be a Public Information Meeting, conducted by city staff, from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm on Wednesday, March 20th, at Brookfield City Hall. Kevin Anderson of Neumann Companies--the applicant--indicated, "Lot purchase packages on the lots may range from $350,000 to $325,000."

A Public Hearing will be held on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 for 7:45 pm at Brookfield City Hall. The parcel is presently zoned R-3, single family with a Conditional Use overlay for the school. The zoning will need to be changed to solely R-3.

Take a look at the Concept Plans: Aerial View, Dwelling Locations, and Frequently Asked Questions Page

The Linfield School site is located just north of Greenfield Ave. between Elm Grove Road and Chester Street, with Tulane Street on its northern border.  It once was part of the Elmbrook School District but was closed in 1984. It sat empty until Heritage Christian Schools rented the school in 1989 and eventually purchased the property for just over $1 million in 1997. Heritage moved out a few years ago and the property has been up for sale since then. The expense of asbestos removal put a stop to re-purposing the building.

The Linfield Crossing proposal calls for the razing of the school building and subdividing the acreage into about 25 single family lots in the Kinsey-Garvendale subdivision  That subdivision was originally recorded in 1929, and predated the incorporation of the City of Brookfield in 1954. Before Lindfield was built, students in this area attended Shady Nook School on 124th and Greenfield.

Incidentally, the Kinsey - Garvendale land was once owned by the late Alderman James Garvens' family and the Kinseys. Kinsey Park, on Elm Grove Road and Kinsey Park Drive is named after the Kinsey family, who set that land aside as a bird sanctuary.

Kinsey-Garvendale, with its smaller lot size, was set up to be a more affordable alternative to neighboring Sunnyside (where I live), where lots are at least one acre or more. The Kinsey Garvendale subdivision lots were originally platted much smaller than they are today and had an alley for garage access, but with each home needing its own septic system and well, these small lots were not appropriate. So they reconfigured them, sometimes combining 2 to 3 lots to make one. This is why Linfield Crossing is called a re-subdivision.

Brookfield does not have much new, build-able land. If Linfield Crossing is approved, the new residents will find the area, as we do, a very convenient location: close to shopping, the interstate, downtown Milwaukee, etc.

*Thank you Aldermen Lisa Mellone and Renee' Lowerr for sending out the Lindfield Crossing information..

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