A 30-unit expansion of Brookdale Senior Living at Woelfel Road and Wisconsin Avenue in the town of Brookfield could begin within the next month.
The Plan Commission on Tuesday recommended final approval of the expansion for the assisted-living facility, subject to plans meeting final recommendations from the Architectural Control Committee, including the incorporation of more brick in the proposed additions, among other changes.
Although project architect Grant Reginato noted that town code does not specify the percentage of brick that must be used in commercial developments — adding that the use of brick, rather than vinyl siding, would significantly alter the style of the existing building — Plan Commission and Architectural Control Committee member Eric Halbur stressed that the determination of building materials is at the discretion of the committee.
"We're trying to make things a little bit nicer than what they've been done in the past," Halbur said.
Officials also have an obligation to represent the aesthetic interests of neighbors, many of whom own all-brick homes, added Town Supervisor John Schatzman, who serves on the Plan Commission.
Stucco, brick and fiber cement siding are essentially the only materials that have been adopted as community standards for exterior finishes on commercial structures, Planning and Zoning Administrator Gary Lake said.
The proposed one-story expansion would increase by 50 percent the number of units at the existing two-story, 60-bed facility, built in 1994.
Part of the proposed addition would be adjacent to the neighboring condominium property, with additional screening to be placed there, and part of it would border the rear lower parking lot of the nearby retail and office center, Lake explained.
Because the expanded development would exceed density limits set by town ordinance, it has been rezoned as a planned-unit development to allow relief from the ordinance, on the condition that it provides a stated public benefit, Lake said.
In this case, the developer has devised a system that would reduce the existing level of stormwater discharge from the site, even with the expansion, Lake said.
However, town engineering staff are still finalizing calculations to ensure that a pond at the southern end of the property does not impede the overland water flow route on the site, Lake said.
Once plans satisfy all of the Architectural Control Committee's recommendations, they will be forwarded to the Town Board for final approval.
The developer has already submitted final construction plans to the state, Lake said.
He estimated that construction could begin in as little as one month.
WHAT: Architectural Control Committee to consider final approval for expansion of Brookdale Senior Living, 660 Woelfel Road
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 14
WHERE:Town Hall, 645 N. Janacek Road
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