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Ask Now: What's going on with Capitol Heights?

Having been vacant for years, an office building at 17400 W. Capitol Drive has been purchased by Ring & DuChateau Inc., an engineering firm.

Having been vacant for years, an office building at 17400 W. Capitol Drive has been purchased by Ring & DuChateau Inc., an engineering firm. Photo By submitted photo

Aug. 20, 2014

Is there a rumor you'd like tracked down? Geoff Bruce answers some of the mysteries of life in Brookfield and Elm Grove and helps solve everyday problems.

A resident asks: There is a two-story building on Capitol Drive west of Calhoun Road just past the water tower that has been unoccupied for years. What is the status of that building?

Answer: The Capitol Heights building at 17400 W. Capitol Drive has been purchased by Ring & DuChateau, Inc., an engineering firm currently based out of Wauwatosa.

The company purchased the building for $1.5 million from AnchorBank.

"They're bringing employment to Brookfield from a different community, so we're excited about the economic development," City of Brookfield Director of Community Development Dan Ertl said.

The building offers approximately 25,000 square feet of space and was owned by Venture Development Inc. prior to being foreclosed on by AnchorBank in May of 2012.

"It got wrapped up in a variety of circumstances that led to its vacancy. It got wrapped up in the great recession," Ertl said. "But now it's going to be put to productive use."

Email your questions to Geoff Bruce at gbruce@jrn.com.

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