A Chicago-based developer has proposed a four-story commercial/residential building at 3704-08 Grand Blvd., and will appear before the village’s Zoning Board of Appeals on Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m. to ask for a number a variations for the project.
Preliminary plans on file at Brookfield Village Hall propose a four-story building with retail space and parking at ground level with 12 condominium units on three upper floors.
Bradford L. Beatty, whose company, BMB Properties, purchased the property in 2002 for $220,000, will ask for variations regarding density, building height and parking requirements.
The entire parcel falls within the village’s C-3 commercial district, which has been targeted for commercial and high-density residential development. However, according to the current zoning code the lot’s 7,475 square feet would allow just three residential units, while the developer is seeking to build 12.
In addition, the C-3 district imposes a three-story limit on buildings in the district, while the developer has proposed four. The total building height of just over 47 feet is also more than the 45 feet currently allowed by the zoning code.
With respect to parking, the plan allows for no commercial parking and just one parking spot per unit, which is less than code requirements.
Finally, the developer is asking for an extension on the typical time limit the village attaches to all variations. The village board recently granted a similar time-limit variation for a condominium project planned for the 4000 block of DuBois Boulevard.
The development would occupy an irregular, roughly V-shaped parcel consisting of five lots that front both Grand Boulevard and Sunnyside Avenue. Two retail spaces would occupy the ground floor along the 50-foot frontage along Grand Boulevard, while enclosed ground-floor parking for 13 vehicles is proposed behind the retail spaces. Entrance to the ground-floor parking would be from a public alley south of the property, accessible from Sunnyside Avenue.
Above the commercial/parking spaces would be 12 condominiums on three floors, four units per floor. Preliminary plans show two three-bedroom and two two-bedroom units per floor.
Each unit includes a living room/dining room combo, with a kitchen, mechanical room and balconies that face either Sunnyside or Grand Boulevard.
Plans also show that the two-bedroom units would have one bathroom, while the three-bedroom units would have two full baths. The building would be constructed of brick with contrasting decorative stone detailing and with decorative pediments delineating the roof line.
Currently the parcel holds a one-story, white brick retail building that fronts Grand Boulevard. The Sunnyside Avenue frontage currently is an open yard. The property is framed on both sides by residential properties, homes that appear to have been built in the 19th century.
The entire parcel, however, falls within the village’s C-3 commercial district, which has been targeted for commercial and high-density residential development.