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Top Newsmakers of 2013 in Brookfield, Elm Grove

Svetlana Foley, director of the Elm Grove Library, said she tried to reach out to more businesses, schools and organizations this year to expand the library's events.

Svetlana Foley, director of the Elm Grove Library, said she tried to reach out to more businesses, schools and organizations this year to expand the library's events.

Dec. 30, 2013

Dawn Farina Condon & Paula Moylan

After forming Brookfield Village Ltd. together, Dawn Farina Condon and Paula Moylan have "gone gangbusters," as they say, breathing life into the Village area of Brookfield along Brookfield Road, hitting several milestones in 2013.

In June, the two helped put on the first farmers market for the Village area, as well as a Kids Fest at McCoy Field Park.

In November, the group organized an art walk with featured artist Marina Lee, and in December had its second holiday tree lighting.

There also has been increased commercial interest in the area, with First Bank Financial Center establishing a revolving loan fund for starting and renovating businesses, and Biloba Brewing Co. announcing its opening in the area.

Mark Regal

When Mark Regal, owner of Regal Crest Apartments in Brookfield, found out about Super Excavators' plans to bring fill from the Zoo Interchange into the Sileno property, next to his apartment building, he sprung into action, organizing Brookfield Residents Against the Dump.

The group grew increasingly powerful, drawing hundreds to its rallies and eventually gathering more than 3,000 signatures that led to Common Council passing an ordinance, written by Regal's attorney, that successfully foiled Super Excavators.

Regal promises to stay in the spotlight in 2014, as he has announced plans to purchase the Sileno property to build apartments there without bringing in fill, as long as he is able to come to a development agreement with the city.

Svetlana Foley

Elm Grove Library Director Svetlana Foley sums up the year 2013 with one word: collaboration. The library added many new activities in 2013, thanks to Foley's efforts to team up with other organizations.

There was the first Earth Day celebration in collaboration with the School Sisters of Notre Dame and the Elm Grove Beautification Committee in April. And in August, the library worked with Sunset Playhouse, Boswell Book Company and 620 WTMJ to bring in author Clark Howard to talk about his latest consumer guide. Working with Boswell again, the library welcomed fantasy writer Brandon Mull in April.

The library is currently gearing up to launch its version of a national 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program, an effort to get younger children interacting more with books before they start school.

The Marcus Corp.

After trying since 2011 to get plans in place for The Corners development, 2013 brought many of the crucial pieces together for Marcus Corp.

In October, a new state law allowed the town of Brookfield to create a tax-incremental financing district for the project that gives the town 27 years to regain the money it invests in the development. In December, the town took advantage of this law and decided to provide $38 million in public financing for the project, which will go toward a parking lot, a bridge across Poplar Creek and other public improvements.

Marcus Corp. also managed to secure Von Maur and announced several other tenants for the space in December, including Colectivo Coffee, White House Black Market and Arhaus Furniture.

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