An eruption of hugs and tears met the Brookfield Plan Commission's unanimous approval of a new mosque on Pheasant Drive. Monday night, well over 100 people, residents and non-residents alike, came to the public hearing, mostly to show their support for the project which would bring a 13,000 square foot house of worship to Brookfield, the first of its kind.
Of the more than 80 people who spoke at the meeting, less than 10 offered any kind of opposition to the project, a stark contrast from a town hall-style meeting two weeks ago when arguments erupted over controversial issues surrounding the Muslim faith.
No such issues came up at this meeting, even among opponents, as the discourse was narrowed only to include building, traffic, and other code-related concerns.
"The issue tonight is a building, not a religion. It's a building," insisted Mayor Steven Ponto.
"If you want to talk about religion or you want to talk about the Brewers, please go outside of City Hall and do that."» Read Full Article
A Brookfield couple says that they have received word that their son in Nepal is okay but have not directly heard from him since Saturday's earthquake.
Kevin Woods was staying at a guest house 18 miles southeast of Kathmandu when the disaster struck. Woods, who lives in Thailand and is working on PhD, was in Nepal for a conference.
Kevin's parents, Mike and Joyce, learned of the earthquake like many others in the western hemisphere as they woke up on Saturday morning.
After many attempts to contact Kevin via email as well as attempting to call the guest house at which he was staying, the Mike and Joyce received word that their son was okay via an email from one Kevin's friend James.
Barnes & Noble at Brookfield Square will be hosting a book signing this weekend for "Wisconsin 5-0: From High Risk Police Calls to Comic Cop Stories."
The book, released last summer, puts together 31 stories from police officers across the state of Wisconsin as author Hilary Dickinson looks to shed more light on what goes on in the minds of law enforcement agents as they respond to situations and how the calls can end up having lasting effects.
Two featured stories cover a pair of the most memorable events to happen in Brookfield and Elm Grove in recent years. Dickinson spoke with City of Brookfield police officer Adam Behnke talks about his experience responding to the Azana Salon and Spa shooting in 2012. Former Elm Grove officer John Krahn is also a voice in the book as he recalls the train crash during the Memorial Day parade in 2009 that left him with injuries that forced him to retire.
Dickinson will be at Barnes & Noble from 1 – 3 p.m. on Sunday.
The developer Irgens got the final approval it needed Monday evening for the creation of the city of Brookfield's fifth tax-incremental financing district.
The Joint Review Board unanimously approved the creation of the district, which will house Irgens' proposed mixed-use development The Corridor.
The district will provide the developer with $7.42 million in grants to assist in the development of phase one of the project. The city's total costs will reach about $11.25 million including financing and will be recouped through new tax revenue generated by the development over a term of 14 or 15 years depending on how much tax-exempt financing Brookfield can obtain.
The Joint Review Board is a body made up of five members — one representative from each of the taxing bodies that will be affected by the TIF district. Mayor Steve Ponto voted for the city of Brookfield; Waukesha County was represented by Department of Administration head Norm Cummings; Cary Tessmann attended for the Waukesha County Technical College district; and school board member Glen Allgaier attended on behalf of the Elmbrook School District. Jeffrey Trader was the Joint Review Board's member from the general public.
Proceedings were smooth throughout the meeting as all members expressed support for the creation of the district.» Read Full Article
A final approval stands between Irgens and the creation of the City of Brookfield's fifth tax-incremental financing district.
The joint review board will take up the item at 5:45 p.m. this evening at City Hall.
The board consists of one representative from each of the four taxing bodies that would be affected by the TID, as well as a citizen member.
The current proposal for TID #5 calls for the city to provide $7.42 million in grants to assist in the development of phase one of The Corridor. The city's total costs would reach approximately $11.25 million including financing.
Anthropologie, an upscale women's apparel and accessories retailer, will open a shop in the Town of Brookfield, the chain's second Milwaukee-area location.
Anthropologie has joined the list of retailers that will locate in The Corners shopping and residential complex, Chris Speciale of Bradford Real Estate, one of the project's developers, said Tuesday. Speciale spoke at the 2015 Wisconsin Retail Conference at the Potawatomi Hotel and Casino.
The Corners, which is being built between W. Blue Mound Road and I-94, east of N. Barker Road, is to open in October 2016. Anchored by a 140,000-square-foot Von Maur department store, the complex also will include such retailers as Sendik's Food Market, Chico's, White House Black Market, Café Benelux and Colectivo Coffee.
Anthropologie's more than 200 locations include shops in Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward, and in Madison's Hilldale Shopping Center.
The Brookfield couple charged with neglecting a child entered separate not guilty pleas last week.
Both the mother and stepfather, who are accused of keeping a 13-year-old child locked in the basement and not allowing her to shower, brush her teeth or use the restroom, are next scheduled to appear in Waukesha County court for a hearing on the morning of May 18.
The defendants are not being named to protect the identity of the child.
City of Brookfield Police began investigating the case after an anonymous tip and later executed a search warrant on the property March 5.
The parents were charged in late March after police found the child was being kept in the basement throughout the night and attended school on multiple occasions with a soiled diaper.» Read Full Article
One week after the City of Brookfield's Plan Commission unanimously approved a change to its sign code in order to accommodate advertisements on six bus shelters, the common council expressed a great deal more skepticism.
Aldermen brought up concerns regarding the city's powers to enforce cleanliness and maintenance of the shelters as well as questions about the precedent that allowing such advertising might set.
The council voted 12-0-1 to postpone the topic and directed staff to review the issue and report back to the council regarding the concerns that were raised.
The city of Brookfield's Legislative & Licensing Committee went through a list of details Tuesday night that might be included as the city staff continues to move toward an ordinance that would allow more residences to have residential chickens.
In March the committee advised City Attorney Karen Flaherty, Zoning & Building Administrator Larry Goudy and other staff to compose a list of issues regarding the potential ordinance that the aldermen could then go through one-by-one and address.
That list was presented Tuesday night and consisted of 27 separate line items that varied from basics such as the required size of a lot in order for its owner to raise chickens to specifics like the cost of a permit.
The committee, made up of Aldermen Gary Mahkorn, Lisa Mellone, Jeff McCarthy, Bill Carnell and Buck Jurken has been discussing the topic since last fall.
In Tuesday's discussions, Mellone, McCarthy and Carnell maintained their status in favor of increasing the allowance of chickens, while Mahkorn remained skeptical. Jurken was not in attendance.» Read Full Article
Another new fitness trend is spreading to Brookfield.
In early May, The Barre Code will be opening at Harvard Square, 18000 W. Bluemound Road. It will be the second location for franchise owner and instructor Betsy Wong.
"I have a franchise in the Third Ward already that has been operating since December of 2013," Wong said. "We have a gotten a lot of interest from people in Wauwatosa, Brookfield, Elm Grove and Waukesha, but they are only able to come sporadically because it's a bit of a drive."
Wong, a Wauwatosa native, believes that Brookfield will provide a good central location for clientele in western Milwaukee County and Waukesha County.
As for the fitness routine itself, Wong says that Barre has been around for 7 - 10 years but has only recently been gaining steam in the Midwest.» Read Full Article
The trio of developers involved with The Corners are attempting to accellerate the progress of the development.
At Monday night's Town of Brookfield Plan Commission meeting, officials discussed a request by Bradford Real Estate Companies to allow for work on the development's underground parking structure to begin sooner.
Officials cited the need to provide Bradford, IM Properties, and the Marcus Corporation with as large of a time window as possible to work on the structure before winter.
The Plan Commission made recommendations to the Town Board in regard to early start approval for the parking structure as well as for a certified survey map.
Waukesha County briefed residents of Brookfield on a plan last week that will involve a number of improvements to the intersection of Pilgrim Road and Burleigh Road.
Pilgrim, also known as County Highway YY will see a number of changes next summer in order to make it both safer and more convenient for commuters.
The improvements will include leveling out the area to improve visibility for drivers, installing and widening turn lanes, and replacing the existing traffic signal with a newer one.
The project is expected to take place throughout the summer of 2016.
City of Brookfield Police have increased their patrols around the Elmbrook Humane Society in recent weeks after the shelter received threats via social media to burn the building down.
In late-March, Elmbrook Humane Society euthanized a dog that had been a resident for 15 months. Elmbrook Executive Director Heather Gehrke says that the animal had had four instances in the past in which the dog had caused injury; however, Elmbrook personnel felt that the incidents were not necessarily aggressive or intended to be vicious.
"The county last year did, after the fourth incident, label him a vicious dog. We appealed it, we reached a settlement, and they repealed it," Gehrke said.
But last month the dog was involved in additional bite incidents that required medical attention, and the decision was made that the dog was not a candidate for placement.
Elmbrook Humane Society is the only no-kill shelter in Waukesha County; however, Gehrke notes that being labeled as no-kill shelter does not actually mean that an animal shelter will never, under any circumstances, euthanize an animal.» Read Full Article
Residents of the city of Brookfield have been reporting in droves that they are struggling to get their tax returns this season.
And no, it's not because they're having trouble filing them or figuring out what they quality for. It's because someone else has already filed for them.
So far this tax season, Brookfield Police estimate that they have received at least 60 complaints from residents who say that while attempting to file their taxes they were notified that someone else had already stolen their identity and done so.
Brookfield Police Capt. Phil Horter says that this is by far the worst season he can remember for this type of crime.
"I think one of the contributing factors is probably the increase in identity theft in the last couple of years," Horter said. "There's been some very large breaches of personal information, and some of those breaches may be responsible for the amount of personal information that is illegally available."» Read Full Article
Commuters using public transportation in the city of Brookfield will soon have at least somewhat more hospitable conditions while they wait for their buses.
Clear Channel Outdoor and the Waukesha County Transit system are planning to install six shelters along the Bluemound Road corridor this summer.
Clear Channel has relationships with both the Waukesha County Transit System and the Milwaukee County Transit System which has the company front the cost for the shelters in exchange for being allowed to sell advertising space on one side wall of the structure.
It is that deal that brought the topic before the Brookfield plan commission Monday night, as the city does not allow off-site advertising.
Waukesha County Director of Public Works Allison Bussler sent a letter to commissioners requesting that they approve the exception to that rule in order to allow the shelters to be built.» Read Full Article
Less than 3 1/2 months into the new year already a quartet of new attractions have opened in the Village of Brookfield.
The Gift Shoppe, based in Cudahy, will be opening its second location in the Village on or around May 1.
The Gift Shoppe will join Basket Weaving Studio and Petals Floral Design, which both recently made their homes on Pleasant Street. Petals Floral Design, which provides arrangements for weddings and other special events, moved to the Village from its former location in Wauwatosa.
Also relocating to the Village will be Treat Street Popcorn, which is moving from Pewaukee to the Village and expects to open in the next few weeks.
Brookfield Economic Development Administrator Tim Casey says that the city is pleased with the progress that the Village area has made since it and Brookfield Village, Ltd.,set out to rejuvenate the area in late 2013.» Read Full Article