A year after winning village board approval to rezone the former Brookfield Moose property in the 4000 block of DuBois Boulevard, Steven Campbell has sold the land to a development firm that plans on making Campbell’s plan for a six-story condominium building on that site a reality.
On Jan. 4, Campbell inked the deal with Burr Ridge-based Triumph Real Estate, which will go forward with plans for a 48-unit condo building on the southwest corner of Burlington Avenue and DuBois Boulevard near the Congress Park train depot.
“We hope to break ground this summer,” said Michael Beckerman of Triumph Real Estate. “We expect to have drawings in three or four months.”
Triumph reportedly bought the property for $1.3 million. Campbell purchased the site in 1999 for $260,000.
“I looked at putting a team together, but it would have taken a phenomenal amount of effort,” Campbell said. “It was more important to get something going in the shortest time. This is an established group with virtually unlimited resources.”
In December 2004, a divided Brookfield village board voted 4-2 to overturn the recommendations of the Zoning Board of Appeals and approved granting 11 zoning variations to allow the construction of a six-story, 48-unit condominium building on the 33,350-square-foot parcel of land, which is located in the village’s C-2 commercial district just north of Ogden Avenue.
As a result, the property is development-ready. As long as final architectural drawings conform to the standards allowed by the zoning variations granted by the board, the project should be able to move ahead.
Village Manager Riccardo Ginex confirmed meeting with Beckerman just before Christmas, but said no plans have been submitted to the village yet.
“They seem to be a pretty reputable builder,” Ginex said. “It looks like they want to do a nice job there.”
According to Beckerman, the development, which will be called the Parc Congress Condominiums, will be composed mainly of two-bedroom units, although some of the smaller ones may be one-bedroom, and will be between 950 and 1,400 square feet. Kitchens will be outfitted with granite countertops and wood cabinets. All units will have two bathrooms.
Starting prices for the units will be between $230,000 and $300,000, according to Beckerman.
“We’re working with the architect now, finalizing the design on layouts and elevations,” Beckerman said. The architect is Aurora-based Cordogan Clark & Associates.
The building will allocate roughly 1.75 parking spaces per unit. Parking will be relegated principally to the first floor of the structure, Beckerman said.
“We obviously won’t design something that won’t meet village codes,” Beckerman said. “From an aesthetic appearance, we’ll make sure the village will be happy and excited about what we show them. We’ll have an elegant building that will be attractive.”
Triumph Real Estate has been involved most recently in two fairly large-scale projects in Darien, including Waterfall Glen, a 64-unit condo, two building development completed in 2003 and the Townhomes of Violet’s Farm, a 26-unit development approved by the Village of Darien in 2004.
Beckerman said he was attracted to the Brookfield property’s proximity to the Congress Park train station, Ogden Avenue, the Grand/Prairie business district and downtown LaGrange.
“We focus on looking at train station towns,” Beckerman said. “We feel this is going to kind of be a cornerstone for the west side of Brookfield.”
Beckerman added he is familiar with the Brookfield 2020 Master Plan’s vision for the area bounded by the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe railroad tracks on the north, Ogden Avenue to the south, DuBois Boulevard on the east and Eberly Avenue on the west. The Master Plan envisions the entire site as a single development.
“The issue with that was trying to acquire all of the properties,” Beckerman said. “You have 10 to 12 separate property owners, including viable businesses and housing. That would have taken quite some time.”
Beckerman said his company would start with the condo building and address other parcels of land “as they come available. Then we’d like to take a swing at those.”
“I think you can still have redevelopment by doing it in a half-dozen buildings,” Beckerman added. “You can integrate things. You don’t necessarily have to do it all in one big swoop.”